In the modern Edworld, the "Elected" are graced not with godliness, but with grit. It is they, the Grit-Graced, who will thrive in the world to come, the Brave New World of 21st Century Skills.
But who are these modern-day Elected?
As it turns out, it's just a matter of time before the Higher Powers of the Edworld will be able to tell us. As a recent article in Edweek reports:
The nation's premiere federal testing program is poised to provide a critical window into how students' motivation, mindset, and grit can affect their learning.
Evidence has been building for years that these so-called noncognitive factors play a role in whether children succeed both academically and socially. Now, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often dubbed the "nation's report card," is working to include measures of these factors in the background information collected with the tests beginning in 2017.So important are these "non-cognitive factors" that, according to Chris Gabrieli, described in Edweek as "an adjunct lecturer with the Transforming Education project at Harvard Graduate School of Education and a co-founder of the National Center on Time and Learning in Boston,"
Teachers self-report spending 10 percent of their teaching time on noncognitive skills. That's more time than students spend on any subject other than English and math—more than they spend on arts...No matter that even Angela Duckworth, grit's coiner-in-chief, has said publicly that no one knows how to teach grit:
Every day, parents and teachers ask me, "How do I build grit in kids? What do I do to teach kids a solid work ethic? How do I keep them motivated for the long run?" The honest answer is, I don't know.So let's keep being honest.
And let's see this gambit for what it really is: yet another instance of the Edworld (like the Autism World) taking the easiest course, and assessing what it doesn't know how to teach instead of teaching what it does (or should), yes, know how to teach.