Character Development in Our Schools: The Importance of Grit

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Character development and how to measure it in students is a particularly hot topic currently among independent school educators. Angela Duckworth, a Psychology Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Founder and Scientific Director of Character Lab (which she co-founded along with Head of Riverdale Country School, Dominic Randolph, and Dave Levin, co-founder of KIPP Schools), tackles the subject of “grit” in her new book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. While there is much debate about how to develop grittiness in students, Duckworth believes it is critical to have leaders that model such behavior, as she mentions in a recent interview with The Washington PostConnecting with educators who challenge their students while being supportive is increasingly important, as is being able to give concrete examples of such instances during an interview.

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