In chapter 7 of Whatever It Takes, Paul Tough discusses experiences of students, tutors, and a director at the Promise Academy's after-school program. The director of the after-school program comes to realize that "many of the students had problems that seemed more emotional or psychological than they were academic or intellectual."
Beyond the "cognitive training," Tough notes, the development of "a personal connection" between tutors and students was a vital "magic ingredient" that could assist the young people succeed.
The issues raised by Tough in this chapter relate to a developing topic that we've been considering: how might we diversify our approaches to measuring intellectual or cognitive skills, since the conventional approaches seem inadequate? In this case, the tradition approaches to measuring "excellence" overlook the fact that some students, at least, could face various emotional challenges and lack the "personal connections" necessary to excel.
What d you think? How does the acknowledgment of emotional struggles or lack of personal connections in the lives of some of your fellow collegiate peers lead you to rethink approaches to measuring academic success?