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The New Yorker Publishes No-Holds Barred Critique Of “Grit”

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I’ve been pretty critical of the dangerous misuse of Social Emotional Emotional Learning Skills (see my Washington Post pieces,  Why schools should not grade character traits and The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning).

But my critiques are softballs compared to David Denby’s hot-off-the-press article in The New Yorker titled The Limits of “Grit.”

I agree with almost all of the key points he makes.  And I have nothing against going for the jugular sometimes.

However, maybe I’m just getting soft as I grow older – some of the rhetoric in the piece seems a little over-heated.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit.”

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. I grew up dirt poor in rural Alabama(68 yrs old), mama picked cotton and made me shirts from flour sacks. Funny we always view education as a way out of poverty and we took it. Bad parents cause Ed failure not poverty!!

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