Scientific ‘Merican | The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

November 29, 2007

Slashdot | The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

Scientific American has an interesting article on the secret to raising smart kids that says that more than 30 years of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings. In particular, attributing poor performance to a lack of ability depresses motivation more than does the belief that lack of effort is to blame.

Scientific American: The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

Praising children’s innate abilities… reinforces this mind-set, which can also prevent young athletes or people in the workforce and even marriages from living up to their potential. On the other hand, our studies show that teaching people to have a “growth mind-set,” which encourages a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or talent, helps make them into high achievers in school and in life…. attributing poor performance to a lack of ability depresses motivation more than does the belief that lack of effort is to blame.

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