Thursday, March 10, 2016

How the Growth Mindset Can Help America Grow

Psychology Today blog author, Ray Williams, tells us that people in the US have become less educated over the years. To substantiate this claim, he points out that the entire education system in the U.S. has fallen behind those of other developed countries. “The World Economic Forum ranked the U.S. at 52nd among 139 nations in the quality of its university math and science instruction in 2010. Nearly 50% of all graduate students in the sciences in the U.S. are foreigners, most of whom are returning to their home countries”. Plus, we now have fewer younger college graduates than we’ve had in the past.

The story behind the story on the lackluster performance of US students is that there is a big gap between students that live in poorer areas versus ones that live in wealthier areas. This is largely because the US is one of only a few countries that continues to contribute more resources to schools in wealthier areas, which is further evidence that most of us have the fixed mindset. You see, people with the fixed mindset believe that successful kids only come from successful households. So if you’re poor, there’s no point in allocating funds to teach you because you probably won’t make it anyway.

The more people learn to adopt the growth mindset, though, the more likely we will be to allocate the proper resources to all students. This is what the better-ranking countries do. They recognize the potential in all kids, and they are able to tap into it. Only then will we be able to improve our own rank among the rest of the developed countries of the world.

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