How Many Different Words Can We Use to Describe Nonacademic Skills?

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How Many Different Words Can We Use to Describe Nonacademic Skills?

Jun 2, 2015

AT A LOSS FOR WORDS: How many terms can we use to refer to nonacademic skills that are important to learning? NPR's lead education blogger, Anya Kamentz, counted seven, including the controversial "grit" and a more widely accepted term, "social and emotional skills." The article's top commenter, a self-described teacher with 26 years of experience, proposes a simpler-sounding term to encompass them all: "life skills."

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