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ERIC Number: EJ1020336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Got Grit? The Call to Educate Smart, Savvy, and Socially Intelligent Students
Steiner-Adair, Catherine
Independent School, v72 n2 Win 2013
Contemporary culture has wrought profound changes--especially in the lives of children. In today's world, more than ever, schools need to think about what it takes to educate children to be psychologically healthy and of good character, to give them the tools that will enable them to find meaning in their lives both in school and after they graduate. Straight academics are certainly not enough, if they ever were. The traits for success, identified more than a decade ago by psychologist Martin Seligman, founder of the field of Positive Psychology, include grit (or a sturdy perseverance), self-control, optimism, zest, curiosity, social and emotional intelligence, gratitude, joy, and resilience. Some come by these traits more naturally than others, but it is known now that they can be cultivated and developed--especially in school. In this article Catherine Steiner-Adair describes how one independent school, Hathaway Brown School in Ohio, transformed its core curriculum to make social and emotional learning, character development, and intellectual exploration and self-discovery defining elements of every student's education at every age.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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