The problem with the concept of ‘grit’
Read this article from Aeon: Teaching ‘grit’ is bad for children, and bad for democracy
There is a time and place for grit. However, praising grit as such makes no sense because it can often lead to stupid or mean behaviour. Duckworth’s book [Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance] is filled with gritty people doing things that they, perhaps, shouldn’t.
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