The Secret to Success May Be Learning to Fail in School
Reading, writing, ’rithmetic — and grit? Schools are increasingly embracing lessons that teach children how to get back on the proverbial horse. Too many kids praised to the heavens turn into adults who are quick to quit, the thinking goes, so maybe teaching them at a young age to persevere despite setbacks can predict future achievement as much as any “A,” if not more so. Detractors call the grit lessons a fad distracting schools from focusing on more important improvements like, say, better teaching. But some students, at least, say they’ve seen a difference already.