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Dweck Disadvantages Of Being Parents And Teachers

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Dweck writes about how the way in which we (we being parents and teachers) praise our children and students can affect their future career prospects. She says that, for example, if we were to praise and reward a student (or child) for getting a high score on a test by telling them that they must be very smart, this would, in fact, be detrimental to their work ethic for if they encountered a situation in which they did not understand the material at hand, they would give up on the basis of not being smart enough. However, the author continues, if we were to praise and reward them by telling them that they must have worked hard, then if they were to encounter a problem that posed challenging, they would simply worked harder to overcome the problem
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