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Weekend Reads: Against ‘grit,’ the trait that was supposed to save poor kids

Students at James Irwin Charter Academy in Colorado Springs
Students at James Irwin Charter Academy in Colorado Springs
Denver Post
  • Are teachers leaving schools because of current education policies? The data suggest not. (Teacher Pensions)
  • A new book looks for lessons in Nashville’s cycle of segregation, desegregation, and resegregation. (American Prospect)
  • A Newark public school teacher who sends her child to a local charter school explains why. (Star-Ledger)
  • Two takes on why Detroit’s dysfunction might portend the future for other American districts. (Vice and The Atlantic)
  • Angela Duckworth says the concept of “grit” that she popularized — and documents in a new book — has taken on a life of its own. (NY Mag)
  • An analysis of more than a century of “grit theory” concludes that it’s not good for poor kids. (Answer Sheet)
  • Grittiness might not be good for other people to exalt, either. (Slate)
  • ESPN broadcast a Mathletes competition this week and it was intense. (Deadspin)
  • Teach For America is ending its yearlong experiment in training corps members in cultural competency. (Teacher Beat)
  • Here are tips for how to pronounce students’ names correctly, from a teacher trying to help her colleagues do better. (Learning the Language)
  • Lots of states that originally planned to use shared Common Core exams are backing out and creating their own tests — fast. (Chalkbeat)
  • A purportedly grassroots group that protests hedge fund involvement in education has close ties to New York’s teachers union. (The 74 Million)
  • Educators are rarely taught about the science of learning, according to some people hoping to shake up how teachers are trained. (Hechinger Report)

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