Today’s Kindle Sample #5

28 Jan

Exam Hell

So what happened? If you had met Kewauna on the first day of her sophomore year, you would have been forgiven for thinking that she had virtually no chance to succeed. Her destiny seemed sealed. But something in her changed. Was it really just one stern talk with her mom? Was that all it took? Was it her great-grandmother’s positive influence? The intervention of her English teacher? Or was there something deep within her own character that inclined her toward the idea of hard work and success, despite all the obstacles she had faced and the mistakes she had made?

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough (via The Guardian)

Teaching ESL in Busan, South Korea, both at cram schools and universities, has depressed and frustrated me to cynicism, about education and communication, even about Korea. Directing my fury at the notion of cognitivism might be a more satisfying strategy.

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