FROM Angela Duckworth
Can 'Grit' Be Cultivated? Bestselling author John Irving got a C- in English. Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young started his college career as an eighth-string quarterback at Brigham Young University. The astronomer Copernicus was believed to have just a slightly above average IQ. And yet, despite these seemingly inauspicious beginnings, each of these individuals possessed a quality that propelled them to greatness: perseverance – or grit as it’s now being called. Psychologist Angela Duckworth defines grit as “sticking with things over the very long term until you master them.” Furthermore, she believes grit can be cultivated. That’s why some public schools in states like California have incorporated grit in classroom teachings and some are even grading children on it. The idea is that teaching kids to be grittier – to persevere and not give up when the going gets tough, or the math problem seems unsolvable – may help them academically and in life.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?