20 Mar

Teaching Children to Have Grit

Teaching our children to have grit.  No, this has nothing to do with our kids playing out in the sand and mud.  I happen to hear this very interesting story on NPR (National Public Radio).  At first I had visions of the old movie “True Grit” with John Wayne

(photo courtesy of IMDbPro)  

True GitWell, it ends up that I was on target.  There’s a movement in several of our school systems that have created programs for kids, to basically teach them to deal with rejection, failure and to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps”.

I personally understand the concept as relating to my own kids.  We all want to see our children succeed in their studies, careers and life, in general, but if we always “baby” them, how are they supposed to deal with stress and adversity in their adult lives?  So, does Teaching Kids To Get ‘Gritty’ Help Them Get Ahead?   Again we’re defining grit as persistence, determination and resilience.

According to NPR, even the Obama administration is now on the “grit” bandwagon. A 2013 report from the Department of Education states that kids are learning to “do school,” but aren’t learning the skills they need in life.

The other side of the coin are those who feel this is just another fad in education that will soon “burn itself out”.

I welcome your feedback on this very interesting topic.

Stephen Gonshorek