For the last two years, I have been intrigued by Angela Duckworth’s Grit work. I feel that her work raises more questions than answers – which is the test of a true contribution to the literature. How can I create more “grit” lessons in my own teaching and how can I inspire school cultures to embrace this idea with integrity and “stick-to-it-ness”. Teaching grit is hard work and it is much easier to focus on teaching pure academic content and skills. However, it is grit that seems to make more of a difference than IQ and probably academic preparation. If more emphasis was given towards this idea of teaching grit, would our nation have more students graduate from college within five years and even more innovation within our economy?
If the U.S. is a meritocracy, why don’t we spend more time teaching “grit”?