Why a Growth Mindset Is Important?
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More on Rejecting Growth Mindset, Grit by Paul Thomas
The achievement gap between black and white students, between rich and poor children, is not due to a lack of perseverance. It is due to an inequitable system, a structure that is inherently biased against children who lack privilege. These gaps are enhanced and not reduced by our current educational systems precisely because these inequitable structures are supported by a "fixed mindset". Take the advanced academic or gifted programs, for example.
In a research done to uncover the relationship between our mindset and how we view public education, Dweck and coworkers found that those who had a growth mindset "(a) were more likely to support the institution of free public education, (b) were more concerned upon learning that students in the country were not performing well academically compared with students in peer nations, and (c) were more likely to support redistributing educational funds more equitably across wealthier and poorer school districts." "Growth mindsets and fixed mindsets" are beliefs. And like other beliefs, these can shape our identity and behavior. We can either support quality education for all or put up advanced academic classrooms and condemn everyone else to poor education. It depends on what we believe in. A "growth mindset" is necessary for us to identify inequitable practices in public school education. A "fixed mindset", on the other hand, only demotes schools to mere rubber stamps for children of privilege.