If you were lucky enough to be born with a high level of self-control as a child, that bodes well for you in the future. But what if you are a "one-marshmallow person," prone to give in to short-term temptations?
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Regardless of whether learning is undermined by the legacies of poverty and trauma, or the digital distractions of an affluent society, our challenge should be clear.
Patience isn't a fixed quality. It's more like a muscle, which grows stronger with practice. And French kids get a lot of practice.
How do we promote self control? Here are a few ideas from research that show it's not how we might think.
Perhaps we are overemphasizing Reading, Riting, Rithmetic, when we should be spending more time on the other R's that truly can determine your character: Rigor, Respect, Relevance, Relationship.
Mischel found that children who could delay gratification for 15 minutes scored 210 points higher on their SATs than children who lasted one minute.
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In the late 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel performed a series of tests on preschoolers referred to as The Marshmallow Tests. Mischel would give a...
We have a financial system that has played to people's weaknesses. We have allowed people who are prone to instant gratification to have as much credit as they could get their hands on.
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