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School systems should adopt a growth mindset

Psychologist Carol Dweck’s “growth mindset” theory has become increasingly popular in the education world since her book Mindset was published in 2006. In a nutshell, Dweck argues that people possess two distinct attitudes: fixed mindsets (which assume that intelligence and talent are innate and inalterable traits, like height or eye color) and growth mindsets (which assume that abilities and knowledge can be developed through hard work and determination). By embracing the growth mindset, Dweck states, students gain “a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments.” For them, setbacks become not failures, but opportunities to reflect, learn, and improve one’s knowledge and skills.

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