Check this article– featured in Boston Sunday Globe “IDEAS” section. Excellent!

It will, hopefully, help us change the focus in education from labeling kids (you’re smart; you’re not….) to doing the hard work– teaching them to grow their grit. Grit–perseverence, hard work, resilience, stamina, single minded purpose, stick-to-it-ive-ness, focus, passion, Success depends on hard work, over and over again–not the label one is given. This approach may be so helpful in how we do special education America. Let us hope.

It features research by Angela Duckworth, University of Pennsylvania psychologist. Check out her survey at

Also, see research by Carol Dweck, Stanford University psychologist. Her book, Mindset, was discussed here in an earlier blog…

Also, check out The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle, discussed here in a prior blog.

Lots to chew on….Your thoughts? ideas? Grit?

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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