An interesting study suggest that there is something to be learned from Catholic schools. The study done by Loyola Marymount University suggests that Catholic education, by taking care of the whole person, encourages even lower income and ethnic minority students to complete high school. Because the schools aren't subject to all of the testing requirements and numbers, they can focus on the whole of education. Stressing that Catholic schools do require academic discipline, the study suggests that the private schools develop both the student's academic capacity as well as the person's courage, persistence and confidence.
While some charter schools do focus on character, they also often succumb to the testing syndrome. This is a lesson for everyone involved in education.