Roots is one of many character-education and social-emotional learning programs that are in vogue. President Obama has spoken of the need to address the nation’s “empathy deficit,”
while KIPP — the well-known and successful charter school network whose motto is “Work hard. Be Nice.” — has popularized the effort to teach grit and other intangible traits in addition to rigorous academics…
Duckett said the empathy instruction appears to have made a significant difference for four or five students in particular.
One of them is Kanye Cheeks, who during a recent classroom visit returned June’s shy smile with a grin.
WRITTEN BY Emma Brown