Every year my Science Research class dedicates a class period to learning about grit, the perseverance and passion to achieve long term goals. Angela Duckworth has spent years researching grit, including its applicability in the classroom. She has found that the students who perform the best are not necessarily the brightest students. Rather, the students who achieve the most are those who are committed to accomplishing their goals. In her TED talk (link posted below), Duckworth concludes that teaching grit is difficult, but I believe that one way that it can be developed if you let kids fail. Certain adversities are inherent when trying to complete original research as a high school student. While rejections and setbacks are frustrating, they allow students to develop “gritty” skills, which actually help them achieve their goals. If Science Research classes become more popular, they can help students develop crucial learning and career skills.