Angela Duckworth’s "grit" has captured the imagination of educators, youth program leaders, and policymakers alike, leading many to agree that we should seek to cultivate grit in our youth. According to The Character Lab, grit is correlated with success and defined as "perseverance and passion for long-term goals”. It was further popularized by author Paul Tough (How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, 2012) and others.
Like others, we have written a lot about grit in our LIAS blog. But others have called on us to look more closely at the notion of grit and how it intersects with issues of bias, poverty, inequality, deficit thinking, and race.
"Educational outcome disparities are not the result of deficiencies in marginalized communities' cultures, mindsets, or grittiness, but rather of inequities."
- Paul Gorski in Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty
We believe that we can think more deeply about grit by reviewing these writings below:
- Rejecting “Grit” While Embracing Effort, Engagement
- What's Missing When We Talk About Grit
- Forget Grit. Focus on Inequality.
- Examining the cultural narrative around these ideologies
- What’s the Relationship Among Grit, Poverty, and Racism?
- 'Grit Is in Our DNA': Why Teaching Grit Is Inherently Anti-Black
- Emphasis on 'Grit' Is Unfair to Some Students, Critics Say
- Is 'Grit' Racist?
- The problem with teaching ‘grit’ to poor kids? They already have it. Here’s what they really need.
- Black and brown boys don’t need to learn “grit,” they need schools to stop being racist