El mundo de la educación del carácter

Noticias, comentarios y la investigación acerca de la importancia de las habilidades de carácter y liderazgo

“Heckman: qué habilidades de carácter son tan importantes para nuestro éxito”

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Los hechos detrás de habilidades de carácter

En este breve artículo, Dr. James Heckman – el economista ganador del Premio Nobel y teórico líder en el desarrollo de habilidades de carácter – explica la dura realidad detrás de habilidades del personaje y por qué estas habilidades son tan importantes para el éxito:...

“La manera en que entendemos nuestra inteligencia y habilidades profundamente afecta su éxito”

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El poder de la creencia: una mentalidad de éxito

La forma en que entendemos nuestra inteligencia y habilidades profundamente afecta nuestro éxito. Basado en la investigación en ciencias sociales y ejemplos de la vida real, Eduardo Briceño articula la manera de pensar, o la comprensión de la inteligencia y habilidades, es clave. Cuando los estudiantes o adultos ven a sus habilidades como fijo, si ellos piensan que son naturales o simplemente no construyen para un determinado dominio, evitan reto y pierden interés cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles. A la inversa, cuando entienden que se desarrollan habilidades, adoptan más fácilmente comportamientos orientados al aprendizaje como práctica deliberada y la arena que les permitan alcanzar sus objetivos. Pero esta creencia es en sí maleable, y hay acciones claras que todos podemos tomar para establecer una mentalidad de crecimiento y facilitar el éxito de nuestros hijos, a nuestros compañeros ya nosotros mismos. Watch his inspiring video...

“Above all, students want to be happy….”

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Colombian Education: The Importance of Happiness

The Education Department (SED) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a year ago a landmark study in Bogotá to determine what educational quality, not only from the perspective of human development, but in the context of the reality of the city. TIME obtained preliminary results of this study in which 643 students from public and private schools were surveyed; 7,724 teachers, 206 counselors and further meetings with parents and experts were made. The results gave some fascinating insights into what what young people feel is important in their education. Above all, students want to be happy…. Read more...

“Over half a million (535,000) UK workers will be significantly held back by soft skills deficits by 2020”

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The Value of Soft Skills to the UK Economy

McDonald’s estimates that over half a million (535,000) UK workers will be significantly held back by soft skills deficits by 2020, an issue expected to affect all sectors of the economy. They are one of a growing number of major employers and other stakeholders in the UK that recognise the crucial value of soft skills as a key component of the overall skillset of the UK workforce. This detailed and insightful report by Development Economics, and commissioned by McDonald’s, highlights some alarming figures about the economic importance of developing these...

“[Character] skills are worth £88bn to the UK economy”

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Character skills on the BBC

“Soft skills” need to be taken much more seriously as factors for business success, says a campaign by employers. These are skills such as communication, initiative, interacting with customers and team working. The Development Economics research group says they are worth £88bn per year, particularly in businesses that rely on “face-to-face human interaction”. The economic impact is based on factors such as increased workplace productivity and looking at what would be lost with a lack of soft skills. These negative factors include: increased operating costs losing business to competitors problems meeting quality standards delays in introducing new products or services Read more...

“Finns believe important learning happens outside of the classroom”

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Finland: Leading The Way in Character Education

Fifty years ago, both South Korea and Finland had terrible education systems. Finland was at risk of becoming the economic stepchild of Europe. South Korea was ravaged by civil war. Yet over the past half century, both South Korea and Finland have turned their schools around — and now both countries are hailed internationally for their extremely high educational outcomes. What can other countries learn from these two successful, but diametrically opposed, educational models? Here’s an overview of what South Korea and Finland are doing...

¡Co•School asume el reto de ser EQUIVALIENTE!

Tener el título de ser EQUIVALIENTE debe ser a lo que debe aspirar todo colombiano de ahora en adelante. Y lo mejor, es que no hace falta más que la convicción para obtenerlo. El presidente de la República, Juan Manuel Santos, fue el primer colombiano en ser condecorado con ese honor en el pasado foro “Estrategias para la Excelencia Educativa: el camino para el desarrollo y la equidad” donde se presentó el estudio “Tras la excelencia docente: ¿Cómo mejorar la calidad de la educación para todos los colombianos”, una iniciativa de la Fundación Compartir. Pero, ¿qué significa ser EQUIVALIENTE? Para Co•School, significa enfocar todos nuestros esfuerzos en lograr la calidad de la educación, porque al igual que la Fundación Compartir, estamos convencidos que la base para el desarrollo y la equidad social está cimentada en una educación de calidad para todos, sin importar si es pública o privada. Anhelamos que los esfuerzos del Gobierno, el sector privado y la academia se enfoquen en la gran meta de ser “el país más educado de América Latina en los próximos 10 años”. Por eso apoyamos y promovemos la puesta en marcha de este estudio en pro de la equidad nacional. Este es el link al...

Character Building in education

We at Co•School were really excited this week by the publication of ‘The Character and Resilience Manifesto’ in the UK. It was fantastic to see the topic of character building in education covered extensively by the BBC and receive widespread interest in the UK. Brilliant! The report was published by The All Party Parliamentary group on Social Mobility (with ‘Character Counts’ the Centreforum) and is a thorough claim for the need to improve the way we teach character in schools. The report’s 6 recommendations toThe Government regarding schools are things that Co•School are doing in Colombia – linking private and perimary schools, providing clear character building opportunities through extra curricular activities, and measuring the progress of students in these skills. They draw upon research undertaken at KIPP schools in the USA (like we do) and they have clearly read Paul Tough’s excellent book ‘How children succeed’ (so have we).An interesting take-away from the report is that we have to stop referring to these character strengths as ‘soft skills’, and thinking of them as immeasurable. They are vital skills that we have to develop in our children (and adults?) and we need to unshackle ourselves from the fear of measuring them and sharing these measurements with children. The world of education is waking up to the importance of character building and linking private and public schools to achieve this. We at Co•School whole heartedly the report and look forward to being part of the changing landscape of education in Colombia and the UK (one day!). The report can be downloded below – highly recommended for any school leaders. Henry [gview file="http://coschool.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/character-and-resilience.pdf"]...

San Jorge project begins!

It was fantastic to meet our mentors from San Jorge de Inglaterra today. They will be going through the leadership development programme as part of ‘Co•School project SUBA’ in which they will be working with students from IE Compartir Suba (the same partnership that was such a success in the pilot). It’s looking like the project may be a ‘Social Intelligence through football’ which we are all really excited about. Congratulations to the Mentors for being selected and we look forward to achieving great results with them....

Impact hub

We are now based in Impact Hub, a shared working space on 69y6. It’s a great place – an old house that has been converted into an innovative and modern working environment. There are lots of different social enterprises, at different stages of development, working there so it should be a great chance to network and meet others doing similar things to us. We will be based there during office hours when we are not visiting schools. We are more than happy to host meetings and are more than happy to receive visits from participating mentors, parents, and schools. We plan to hold a formal event at Impact Hub for the Co•School Community in March so please keep an eye for that! Do drop by for a coffee if you are in the neighbourhood – there’s a great fair trade coffee shop just outside the building (we’re becoming well acquainted with it!)...