How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
this book is build around a study conducted by angela duckworth. she introduced the concept of Grit during one of the TedTalk. Here is the video. http://youtu.be/H14bBuluwB8
There has been so much talk about it, that character matter at the end of the day, way bigger than just intelligent or even social skill. This is one thing that keeps the person to move forward and ahead. This is the one that keeps the person happy and contented with life.
This book also helps us differentiate two things that can overlap one another, Moral Character and Performance Character. The emphasize on this book is not about Moral Character though some of the traits of Moral characters are also part of the performance character.
The book also puts the stand that it is different from the famous theory of Marshmallow or delaying gratification by Walter Mischel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford.... This book emphasizes on will power instead of self control. Will power will actually help regulate one self to be focus to reach the destination.
There is also a discussion I have outside the book, if we ever implement test on grit, and we will have many who actually will game it and have the prep test for grit. the book had actually confirmed this doubt inside. It said, it is better to left the test result alone, to use it as references to help the students excel.
There are so much talk about education reformation almost from every corner of the world. it starts with sir ken robinson who emphasizes on creativity but ..... are we really putting our effort to go there. I am not seeing anything in particular that take major change. Just like a lot of the review here, a lot of us are a bit skeptical on thinking for education reformation.
Oh well ... as a parent, I use books as a guidance, to understand a bigger picture of human development, with this in mind, i hope i can guide through my steps on parenting style and expectation. I too agree in simple term Grit or Attitude is matter. The difference is Grit allow you to exercise your will power in intelligent manner that actually help students survive the education system.
This is living the life beyond test grade.
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