Head of School Peter Hutton’s latest column in Huffington Post’s Education Section takes a closer look at what grit looks like in today’s educational landscape.
Schools can’t really get gritty about getting our kids grittier until they put kids in a setting where they have the opportunity to be gritty — in a setting where they can develop their passions and where they can experience autonomy, mastery and purpose. With the exception of athletics and the arts, all of which traditionally take place outside of the school day, how often do we give kids opportunities to pursue their passions? In school? In their classes? It seems these opportunities go by the wayside after elementary school because students have to focus on “real learning now.”