Schools guru throws ‘grit’ back in ministers’ faces

The TES is reporting that one of the world’s leading education experts has questioned the value of a key element of the government’s education strategy.

John Hattie, director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute and one of education’s most widely quoted academics, has raised doubts about the government’s decision to promote lessons in grit and determination as a complement to academic learning.

“You can’t teach grit generically,” Professor Hattie told TES. “Our criminals have more grit than most people.”

The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has said that developing children’s character – including grit and resilience – is as important as teaching them to pass exams. But Professor Hattie insisted that this was not universally true.

“Some of our struggling learners have incredible grit in maths, and that’s their problem,” he said. “They do the same thing in every maths problem, and they need to get out of that habit.”

He added that grit differs from subject to subject: teaching pupils to take risks in history, for example, is very different from teaching them take risks in chemistry or maths…

See more in the 12 February edition of TES.

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The is the second attack on the value of ‘grit’ this week after this one yesterday: ‘Why teaching pupils grit and determination is a waste of time’

Is it a busted flush as an idea?

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Just more evidence of Nicky Morgan’s complete ignorance of education/learning and how is works. That pile is pretty tall now

  2. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove Only a buffoon would tell schools to teach grit, resilience, character and a little happiness. Next we’ll have to measure it

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