Investing in college readiness at urban elementary and middle school levels is one of the most important tasks that educators can make. Contemporary educators, policymakers and parents have questioned the efficacy of schools serving primarily minority and low-income students. For far too long, the prevailing narrative that surrounds the schooling experiences of minority and low-income students has been dominated by tales of academic failure, behavioral problems, disengaged parents, and abandonment by civic institutions and organizations. Sadly, many teachers, students, and parents have accepted the widespread belief that minority and low-income means academic failure and behavior problems.
Grit. Growth mindset. Perseverance. Stick-to-it-ivness. These buzz words have had their share of time in the limelight as of late. Grit is defined at perseverance and a passion for long term goals. Researchers have identified that grit can be more predictive of success than characteristics such as IQ. Similarly, a growth mindset is defined as the belief in one's ability to increase one's capacity to learn and solve problems.