The Issue of Character in The United States Public Education System
Problem Statement & Hypothesis
With prolific copying, cheating, and plagiarism amongst students, especially high school students; in addition to the number of students who simply do assignments just to do them because they know they are getting a grade, as well as the general lack of character, integrity, and concern for others that students display, can character education programs be effective in not only helping to solve these problems, but help raise student achievement as well? How effective would the implementation of such programs be at the high school level? In addition, over the course of several years, would relations between the number of years a student participated in an effective character education program increase or decrease his/her achievement, or would there prove to be no relation at all regardless of the number of years?
The purpose of the research is to study what effect if any the implementation of a character education program has on high school student achievement. The research study will focus solely on character education implementation and student achievement in an effort to establish whether a direct correlation exists.
The correlational study will