April 10, 2012

Communicating a growth mindset in education

The previous post mentions the success of Finland's education system. Briefly, it tells about how Finland's educational system is extremely successful while not focusing at all on standardized testing and creating a competitive learning environment. In the US these two practices, among other control measures, are used intensively and the US educational system has shown a steady decline in effectiveness. Carol Dweck has now written this brief article about this topic: Is “Accountability” Undermining American Education? In it she argues that the fact that the Finnish educational system communicates a growth mindset is probably the main key to its success. She also says that the US system which emphasizes evaluation and testing creates a fixed mindset which impairs learning.

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