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The Case For Gritty, Growing Students

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Jesse Rania
Professor Forbes
English 101
7/21/2015
The Case for Gritty, Growing Students
The questions of learning and intelligence have long been debated since education has ever existed. That learning leads directly to intelligence is an assumption which has not been subject to adequate scrutiny. Typically, a fixed mindset believes that an "intelligent" student is one who invests less of almost about everything to not only succeed but also to achieve outstanding results. That is, by studying less an intelligent student is expected to know about study subjects enough, which requires the least effort possible of him or her. Talent, moreover, has long been praised as an exceptional gift which one is helpless to develop, let alone initiate. The ideas about learning, intelligence and talent are challenged by prominent psychologists and education scholars Angela Lee Duckworth, Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Pennsylvania and Carol S. Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.
Both debunk popular myths about concepts of learning, intelligence and talent. Notably, both focus on effort and growth as critical components in learning and success not only at school but at life as well. More specifically, Duckworth emphasizes "grit" which according to her is, "Passion and perseverance for very long term goals." (and more, shortly) ("The key to success? Grit"). Meanwhile, Dweck compares growth and fixed mindsets by stating, "Those
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