Thursday, October 6, 2011

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?

A very powerful article that speaks to character education and its role in helping students succeed. Some interesting quotes:
  • “Learning is hard. True, learning is fun, exhilarating and gratifying – but it is also often daunting, exhausting and sometimes discouraging… To help chronically low-performing but intelligent students, educators and parents must first recognize that character is at least as important as intellect.”
  • Early research showed that self-control was a more reliable predictor of grades than
    I.Q., but she subsequently zeroed in on another quality: grit – the passion for a single mission, unswerving
    dedication to getting there, and perseverance in overcoming obstacles
  • “And yet we all know – on some level, at least – that what kids need more than anything is a little hardship: some challenge, some deprivation that they can overcome, even if just to prove to themselves that they can..”