Fort Lewis College visiting assistant professor Paige Gray wrote an essay for The Conversation, that was picked up by Time magazine.
Called “Kids Don’t Need to Understand Grit,” she evaluates a current hot topic in education circles. Some proponents think enthusiasm for encouraging perseverance in the face of tribulation may be outpacing the research. Gray also wonders if grit is a trait that’s ingrained or a skill that can be taught, she said in her essay.
“What if we’re not framing the discussion of grit in the right way, since grit can mean something entirely different for a kid living in the Chicago’s South Side than it does for a kid living in the suburbs?” Gray asks, using references including academic papers, best-selling books and the television show “Wired.”
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