Summary of The Boost Students Need to Overcome Obstacles

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Sociologist Anindya Kundu, who enjoys the mentorship of grit expert Angela Duckworth, weighs in on what disadvantaged students need to succeed. He engagingly uses personal asides, simple visuals and nice touches of humor to make his case. The result is focused and moving. getAbstract recommends this video to educators and advocates of social change, as well as coaches, mentors and anyone looking to help others realize their best selves.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why grit alone doesn’t always ensure success, especially among disadvantaged youth; and
  • Why schools and society at large should help grow students’ “agency.”

About the Speaker

Anindya Kundu is a sociologist, educator and writer.



Psychologist Angela Duckworth popularized grit, the “stick-to-itiveness” that keeps learners focused on long-term goals. Many schools have since made grit a “core value.” However, grit alone doesn’t always ensure success. Some individuals overcome great adversity, such as incarceration or poverty, and...

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