I’ve been thinking a ton about determination and hard work the last few weeks, wrestling with whether or not today’s kids are as gritty as they need to be. Maybe I’m a curmudgeon, but it seems like gumption isn’t as common as it once was in our classrooms — and that’s got me worried.
Don’t get me wrong: My students are as intellectually talented as ever. In fact, I’d argue that they know more than I ever did when I was rolling my way through middle school.
My struggle is convincing them that talent alone isn’t enough to guarantee that they will be successful in life — and that being persistent in a world where the reset button has always been an easy lean away is still worth doing.
Anyone else worried about this stuff?
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