Grit is good, but academics come first

Stressing character traits such as “perseverance, self-monitoring, and flexibility”  over cognition is a mistake, writes Mike Rose, a UCLA professor. Many so-called “non-cognitive” traits require thinking skills.

Some colleges and universities are trying to measure non-cognitive traits to find “diamonds in the rough,” but so far high school grades, backed by test scores, are the most accurate predictors of college success.

Dan Willingham writes on the challenge of measuring non-cognitive skills.

Flatlined in class

In a week linked to sensors, a student’s electrodermal activity, a way to measure emotion, cognition and attention,  nearly flatlined during classes, blogs Joi Ito. (Here’s a pdf of the research paper.) However, the student was active in labs and study sessions — and sleep. “Obviously, this is just one student and doesn’t necessarily generalize,” notes Ito, who directs MIT’s Media Lab.


A week of student electrodermal activity

Via Edububble.