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How to Measure Success Without Academic Achievement

Ed Surge – Elizabeth Anthony

“The question of how to measure success in life is one typically left to philosophy classes or late nights at the bar. It is a complex, perhaps unanswerable question. In the words of the cast of Rent, how do you measure a life? So it’s really a wonder that we consider the definition of success for personalized learning programs to be so simple. Can the success of any educational initiative be measured by academic achievement alone? This June, a subset of the education world was upended when RAND released a report detailing the components of personalized-learning implementations and the effects this model has on students.”(more)

Chinese children crush Americans in math thanks to a mindset Americans only display in one place: sports

Business Insider – Libby Kane

“For the most part, American children aren’t great at math. But Chinese children tend to be excellent. Testing half a million students worldwide, the Program for International Student Assessment is one of the most widely cited measurements of global education, and it’s consistently found Chinese students at the top of the academic pile … and Americans much nearer the bottom. Some experts argue that the PISA assessment, like any standardized tests, primarily measures a student’s ability to take the test, not their knowledge, but hardly anyone disputes that the American education has some work to do when it comes to math.”(more)

Normalize Setbacks By Asking Your Kids For Advice When You Struggle

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“A lot of parents are worried about helping their children get ahead in a world that feels increasingly competitive, demanding, and high-stakes. That anxiety can take many shapes including overparenting, over-scheduling, and constantly looking for that special opportunity that will give a child the competitive edge. But while parents are fretting about what they can do to help their kids academically and socially, it’s easy to forget about the emotional health that is a foundation for success in life. Discussions of growth mindset and resiliency have become more common in recent years, but how can parents foster a healthy view of struggle in their kids?.”(more)

Children denied chance to develop ‘resilience’ by too strict health and safety rules, warns Ofsted chief

The Telegraph – Christopher Hope

“Children are being denied the chance to develop “resilience and grit” because of schools’ over-zealous health and safety policies, the chief inspector of schools says. Amanda Spielman said schools must stop trying “to wrap them in cotton wool” because it leaves them ill-prepared for the challenges of later life. Schools had to do more to “distinguish between real and imagined risk”, she said, adding that Ofsted will now train its inspectors to ensure schools are not rewarded for overbearing policies.”(more)

Teachers should foster emotional intelligence in their students but not be graded on it, report finds

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Recent research shows emotional skills like grit, sense of belonging, and growth mindset positively influence student grades, test scores, and attendance. While we know social and emotional skills are important to education achievements, which skills are most important and how much can teachers influence them? Are education systems and institutions properly equipped to hold teachers accountable for them?.”(more)

Is Your Child Showing Grit? School Report Cards Rate Students’ Soft Skills

Education Week – Evie Blad

“Where report cards may have once had a handwritten teacher’s note saying a student “plays well with others,” parents in some districts are now more likely to see a box that shows whether their child performs at grade level in such areas as “relationship skills.” Schools are increasingly rating students on a variety of social competencies and “learning skills” alongside their traditional grades in academic subjects.”(more)