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Like a lot of people who like to know what's going on in the world I spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks trying to understand what was going on in the UK, where finally, on Thursday, the British voted to leave the European Union. I'm no expert on British politics but I have to say the vote left me feeling uneasy, especially as I thought about it in the context of education policy.


People have been complaining that education hasn't been a more significant topic of conversation in the presidential race. Is this because the people running are ignoring it, or because they don't know what they're talking about?


I should probably stop short of saying this will be the last thing I have to say about grit—never say never—but I think this will be the last thing I have to say about grit. Maybe.


The problem with grit is that it privileges hard work over judgment; people with grit keep working even when they don't know why they're doing it. What if having grit is not as good for us as we thought it was?


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