The Importance of Grit!

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

If there is one thing I want to teach my children, besides being kind, it’s the importance of GRIT!

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  1. Some interesting perspectives on using “grit” in schools:

    As a teacher in New York City Public Schools, I see my students demonstrate tremendous grit navigating daily challenges getting to school. Children in poverty demonstrate tremendous grit, and it is often the safe place of the classroom where they DON’T show that same outward resilience.

  2. I debated leaving a comment or not..I love the your blog and it really isn’t the place for education talk..but I can’t help myself as a very active education activist..currently dealing with the fall out from this movement in our public schools.

    This push for “grit” in schools has been horrible. Our kids don’t need grit, they need equal funding and equal support. Ed reform and it’s approach to poverty and need in schools has been horrible. Duckworth herself has recently talked about about grits misuse in education.

    This Ted Talk is a much better one in relation to education.

  3. I just heard about her an want to read her book. Freakanomics did a great podcast featuring her an how to get more grit.