We Must Go Beyond Buzz Words
|Above copied from Gifted with Grit|
...grit “can be expected to be most important for goals where individuals have substantial choice. While students might be passionate about some subjects or activities, they are unlikely to be passionate about all subjects in high school. Thus, grit might be a better predictor of achievement in self-selected narrower goals, such as performance in elective courses or extracurricular pursuits.”
Students’ grit overlapped empirically with their concurrently reported self-control, self-regulation, and engagement. Students’ perseverance of effort (but not their consistency of interests) predicted their later grades, although other self-regulation and engagement variables were stronger predictors of students’ grades than was grit.Passion is indeed an important part of grit. How a child develops passion obviously depends on the child's interests. When passion is lacking, perseverance is definitely excruciating, but this is when emotion regulation and engagement become important factors. These are traits that are outside of "grit", that obviously require our attention. Grit allows students to persevere if they have the passion. Without passion, a student needs the ability to cope with strong emotions such as anxiety and boredom. Research shows that the answer to this is building skills in self-regulation.