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July 15, 2013

Quote of the Day. Possibly the Year.

The secret to success isn't intelligence. It's self discipline:

Dozens of studies show that willpower is the single most important keystone habit for individual success… Students who exerted high levels of willpower were more likely to earn higher grades in their classes and gain admission into more selective schools. They had fewer absences and spent less time watching television and more hours on homework. “Highly self-disciplined adolescents outperformed their more impulsive peers on every academic-performance variable,” the researchers wrote. “Self-discipline predicted academic performance more robustly than did IQ. Self-discipline also predicted which students would improve their grades over the course of the school year, whereas IQ did not.… Self-discipline has a bigger effect on academic performance than does intellectual talent.”

Think about that carefully the next time you read an article about how we shouldn't expect boys to exercise (much less develop) self control.

Posted by Cassandra at July 15, 2013 06:25 AM

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They had fewer absences and spent less time watching television and more hours on homework.

Oh, that hardly seems fair. We should revamp the grading system so that it doesn't penalize this behavior.

Posted by: Texan99 at July 15, 2013 09:45 AM

In the category of 'stating the obvious', the winner is... Eric Barker.

Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

The question then begs; what of those who have not been trained – for any number of socio/cultural contagiums incubated by liberalism? It's like asking the chap raised by wolves to self-civilize. Save the boys. Get them the hell out of the public 'education' hellhole and into schools that make demands, not excuses.

Posted by: George Pal at July 15, 2013 09:52 AM

Well, I won't argue that schools shouldn't be more demanding -- on both sexes, George :p

I just don't think the government should have that responsibility.

Posted by: Cass at July 15, 2013 10:02 AM

Rachel Jeantel must have a lot of self-discipline to get her 3.0 GPA.

Posted by: Susanamantha at July 18, 2013 11:27 AM