What is grit?
- Google – noun – courage and resolve; strength of character.
- Duckworth – Grit is the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals. (http://sites.sas.upenn.edu/duckworth/)
Is grit an important indicator of student success in the classroom and in life? University of Pennsylvania researcher, Angela Lee Duckworth, believes that grit and self-control are the two most important traits to foster for success in life.
“After five years of teaching seventh graders, she went back to grad school to complete her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now an assistant professor in the psychology department. Her research subjects include students, West Point cadets, and corporate salespeople, all of whom she studies to determine how “grit” is a better indicator of success than factors such as IQ or family income.” –TED.com
Watch Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED Talk:
Check out the book How Children Succeed by Paul Tough (available in the AC Library).
“Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed , Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control. How Children Succeed introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories–and the stories of the children they are trying to help–Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people’s lives. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do–and do not–prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides us with new insights into how to improve the lives of children growing up in poverty. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers, it will also change our understanding of childhood itself. “Illuminates the extremes of American childhood: for rich kids, a safety net drawn so tight it’s a harness; for poor kids, almost nothing to break their fall.”– New York Times
Can grit be measured? Can grit be taught? What do you think?