Media and Lies Regarding K to 12
|Above copied from The Inquirer
- The program is beneficial in the long-term to make the country’s education system at par with the rest of the world.
"...and this isn’t the first time that the media’s hyped an important education and fostered public misconceptions. Ten years ago, the New Yorker’s Kate Boo wrote about how Head Start hype had hurt its prospects. This 2008 “On The Media” segment explored how the media got NCLB wrong. The now-infamous 10,000 hours rule turns out not to have been so universal as it initially seemed. Just recently, the NYT went back and re-reported the 1999 Columbine shooting and found several major problems...."
The idea is hardly new. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” It’s a deeply conservative notion, part of a larger focus on self-control. Whether persistence is desirable depends on your goal. Not everything is worth doing, let alone doing for extended periods. It’s the choice of goal that ought to come first and count more. Grit can actually be counterproductive. Often it just doesn’t make sense to continue with a problem that resists solution or persist at a task that no longer provides satisfaction. Grit can be unhealthy. What matters isn’t just how long one persists, but why one does so. Some of the research cited to support grit is remarkably unenlightening when you think about it. Other grit research raises questions about the outcome variables that have been chosen. Ultimately, the case for grit doesn’t rely on research at all but on a (very debatable) set of priorities and values. It’s justified almost exclusively as a way to boost academic achievement. Grit isn’t just philosophically conservative in its premises but also politically conservative in its consequences. The more we focus on whether people have or lack persistence (or self-discipline more generally), the less likely we’ll be to question larger policies and institutions.