We’re Talking about Practice?

Andrew Saltz, Yahoo News, Mar 20, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

More on the myth of 'grit': "I hear the same stories about my student – from policy writers and politicians. Kids lack grit, work ethic, that indomitable will to pull oneself up by their bootstraps... There a saying that if wealth only required hard work, every mother in Africa would be a millionaire.  Be clear:  If grit was all that is needed to get an education, Philadelphia would outscore Finland." Well, I imagine the students in Finland have grit too, but I get the point. And it's a valid one. Let's look at Harvaard and Yale, and ask who got in there by virtue of grit, and who had a few other advantages working for them.

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