Measuring Grit and Children of Color [New York Times]

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I was recently invited to write for the New York Times about grading for grit and other socio-emotional elements. I articulated what I felt most of you all feel about it:

More important, we miss the point about what resilience and enthusiasm means. For many of our most disadvantaged students, just getting to school shows plenty of grit. The fact that they’re in our classrooms writing essays or working on math problems when they haven’t had a good night’s sleep or a proper meal speaks to their zest. The way they share paper and pencils demonstrates altruism.

Please do read and share with your people. Thanks!

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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  1. I really like this post, Jose! They are so many ways that people show resilience each day, do we really need to measure it? But what I don’t get (maybe this is one of those Canadian/American differences) is why did you post a big bowl of Cream of Wheat cereal with butter on top?

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