Out In Left Field: Skills for success: let’s have less RULER and more SLANT

Has there ever been a time when most people didn’t believe the following:

So-called noncognitive skills — attributes like self-restraint, persistence and self-awareness — might actually be better predictors of a person’s life trajectory than standard academic measures.

?

There have always been legions of high IQ/high SAT scorers who go on to become remarkable underachievers. There have always been legions of straight-A students whose life trajectories are undistinguished at best. And there have always been legions of academically undistinguished students who, thanks to unusual levels of persistence, end up with highly fulfilling life trajectories, often making enormous contributions to society. And yet, statements like the above (a direct quote from the New York Times Magazine article I blogged about below) keep showing up as breathless revelations.

via Out In Left Field: Skills for success: let’s have less RULER and more SLANT.

 

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