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Grit may be good – but it isn’t enough for success

Angela Duckworth’s work is merely a repackaging of attributes, scholars say

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Grit has been touted as the great equaliser: disadvantaged pupils who learn to try, try and try again, its proponents say, are more likely to succeed.

But a new study has found that pupils’ grittiness is no guarantee either of academic performance or of success.

Instead, academics from Iowa State University state that improving pupils’ grittiness has less effect on their academic outcomes than teaching them study skills or ensuring high attendance levels.

The Iowa researchers conducted a review of 73 existing studies on grit, involving 66,807 individuals. Their paper, published in the Journa ...

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