The perspective that life is a marathon, not a sprint, endangers the belief that the result will provide immediate gratification. To a culture that runs on making results readily available, this notion may present challenges.
I got my own first taste of grit right after I graduated from college. Armed with good grades, several internships, and stellar recommendations, I thought I'd be deluged with job offers. I thought wrong.
Unrelated to new technologies, or digital literacy, 21st Century Skills are all about desirable character traits. I'm all for a move away from dependence on standardized test scores, but the focus on "character" is suspect.
Arithmetic and higher math skills are embedded in school goals, but not necessarily persistence and grit. As a result, an "either/or" dynamic has been established that prioritizes academic skills, at the expense of "social and emotional" learning.
For kids, the secret to success is... experiencing success. If we try to tease out character education (or school safety) as being unconnected to a rigorous academic environment, we'll never be able to craft solutions that best serve our kids.