Grit in schools faces academic backlash

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Five studies over two years challenge the idea that students’ grit can affect academic performance, but University of Pennsylvania professor Angela Duckworth, who ushered in the concept, says it never was intended to be applied in that way. Marcus Crede, a social psychologist at Iowa State University and a grit critic, says it is “not strongly related to academic success” and is “unlikely to respond well to intervention.”

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