Grit TedTalk by Angela Duckworth

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

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Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. 1) Are you not smart enough to solve it?  2) Or have you just not solved it yet?

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Teaching Character

Character Lab Research Director, Andrew Sokatch, has a sobering yet attainable message regarding the education of today's youth. While test scores and the reading, writing, math, science behind them are important, we are not properly and wholly educating our children if we aren't also teaching character. Andrew argues character can and should be taught in schools, noting grit, persistence, self-control, courage, and humor, are all critical life skills for successful employment, marriages, and citizenship.

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