True Grit Trumps Talent and IQ

EDUCATION Here’s a story every parent (and educator) should read: Self-control and grit—not talent or IQ—may hold the keys to a better life. Pioneering research psychologist Angela Duckworth and her team devise strategies to help students learn how to work and adapt in the face of temptation, distraction, and defeat. (7,703 words) (National Geographic News) Read our “real-world geography” profile of Angela Duckworth. Then take … Continue reading True Grit Trumps Talent and IQ

Black-Market Learning or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Wikipedia

“Wikipedia is essential for learning, but problematic for education.” It doesn’t have to be.¹ Wikipedia is the black market of learning², arousing skepticism for challenging two mainstream models of contemporary education. First, it’s part of the same “citizen”-driven knowledge acquisition that has fostered citizen journalists and citizen scientists—and disrupted traditional concepts of credibility. Perhaps even more disruptive, as academia and assessment move to more administrative … Continue reading Black-Market Learning or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Wikipedia