We Need to be Gritty about Getting our Kids Grittier [VIDEO 3:12]

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“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future.” So begins this energetic three minute talk by Angela Duckworth as part of a longer TED talk. She describes her initial work studying grit in students attending Chicago Public Schools. According to the data she collected over that first year, grittier kids were much more likely to graduate. It was a better indicator than IQ or household income level or standardized achievement test scores. And it has nothing to do with having specific gifts or talents. In fact, grit may be inversely proportional to talent. The best indicator for being able to develop grit in kids? having a growth mindset. As she summarizes her remarks, she proclaims, “We need to be gritty about getting our kids grittier!”

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