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.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."