“When Grit Isn’t Enough” by Linda Nathan

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A new book by Linda Nathan is just out and it tackles five myths we tell many of our students in K-12 schools. The book’s title refers to one of these myths, that if you, the students, can just apply more grit, you will succeed in high school and go to college. Of course the trouble with this is that many of our students find themselves at-risk for succeeding no matter how much grit they apply to the situation. No one is underestimating the power of grit, but the structural blockade that many students face, such as the very way that standardized testing does not make sense to them, the grinding poverty of urban environments, the nuance of languages they are not brought up with, the lack of support for academic achievement and the lack of safety in their schools and neighborhoods, stand as unyielding roadblocks to their success. They are not responsible for applying more grit to these—we are responsible and we are accountable for the equity of learning opportunities we offer and the access we build in order to clear those impediments away—and guide our students down more supportive pathways to their success in college and most importantly, career readiness for the work they will do.
Here is my review on Amazon of this book:
on October 20, 2017
Format: Hardcover