The Missed Target When Developing Children’s Growth Mindsets: Parents

Carol Dweck’s thesis revolutionized education: Our genes influence our intelligence and talents, but these qualities are not fixed at birth. If we mistakenly believe that our capabilities derive from DNA and destiny, rather than practice and perseverance, then we operate with what Dweck calls a “fixed mindset” rather than a “growth mindset”. Mindsets are important because they affect learning. Children who understand that the brain can get smarter—who have a growth mindset—do better in school because they focus on improvement and see effort as a way to build their abilities. They see failure as a natural part of the learning

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