What’s the 'Sweet Spot' of Difficulty for Learning?

KQED Mindshift
Tom Hoerr leads the New City School, a private elementary school in St. Louis, Mo., that has been working on grit. After years of focusing on the theory known as ‘multiple intelligences’ and trying to teach kids in their own style, Hoerr says he’s now pulling kids out of their comfort zones intentionally. But even putting the question of educational trends aside, the experience of principal Tom Hoerr brings up a question that parents and teachers wrestle with all the time: Should we be making learning easier for kids — or harder? The answer, according to research in cognitive science and psychology, is both.

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