Poverty, Grit, and Teachers

Taylor Williams, Mr. Williams' STEM Education Blog, Sept 13, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Another much-needed challenge to the recently popular 'grit' narrative: "The 'grit' narrative says that if someone works hard enough, then they can escape poverty. This is a great message to get behind until you consider the contrapositive that logically follows: If someone doesn't escape poverty, then they didn't work hard enough." Quite right. And also this: "I think true empowerment will come from helping poor communities build up and support themselves over time (but) until they have an equal playing field where hard work truly does cause success, my students will need all the personal strength, motivation, and knowledge that they can get." Via Mark Guzdial.

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