Sometimes the truth is not enough.
Especially if you misunderstand its meaning.
That seems to be the main problem with a growth mindset.
It’s one of the trendiest concepts in education today, and – though it’s based on an authentic insight into how kids learn – it’s been shackled and monetized into an excuse to support a sterile status quo.
The basic idea goes like this: academic ability isn’t something students have or do not have. It’s a skill that gets better depending on how hard they work at it.
And up to that point, it’s correct and valuable.
But when we try to take that insight and weave it into current education policies, it becomes a shadow of itself.
As a middle school language arts teacher, I’m confronted with this most often in the context of standardized test scores.
I am constantly…
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