Oh noooo! Regarding K-12 education, Mrs. Obama recently said,
Three words you are going to hear me say a lot over the next three years: grit, resilience, courage.
The horrific Angela Duckworth and her supporters’ distorted usage of the word, GRIT is everywhere. The Duckworth has even gotten to Mrs. Obama. An otherwise harmless word has been co-opted and politicized in the interest of indoctrination, charter schools and privatization. Or Marxism. Some say all of the above, and they might be right.
Traversing the stations of privilege
The Duckworth is Martin Seligman’s wunderkind. Martin Seligman, PhD, professor, Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, is a former chair of the American Psychological Association. Unlike every other applicant to the PhD program in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, EVER, she was allowed to apply months after the deadline, and accepted, with gratitude! I would like to know how anyone could have accomplished all of the following, by the age of 28,
- worked for two years as a management consultant for Booz Allen; recall that they were Ed Snowden’s former employer,
- worked for two years at an unspecified hedge fund in an unspecified capacity,
- been a mathematics teacher for three years, and possibly founded a school, according to some effusive accounts,
- was a Big Sister, worked for the homeless, the elderly (it was the “epicenter” of her focus while at Harvard, consuming 35 hours each week) AND
- attended Oxford, graduating with a master’s degree in neuroscience.
That was why she couldn’t apply to the University of Pennsylvania on time, you see. Continue reading