Essay on the secret to raising smart kids

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ESSAY 1 Do you think intelligence is a fixed trait? If you do, then you might be one of many people with a fixed mind-set. In Carol S. Dweck’s an essay, “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids”, she describes fixed and growth mind-sets. She describes how they affect school, and how they affect social relationships as well. The two central ideas of “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids” are that fixed mind-sets can make a person shy away from a challenge and that growth mind-sets can be put into place by parents. One of the two central ideas of “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids” is that fixed mind-sets can make an individual less eager to face challenges that would help them grow and improve on their skills. At the University of Hong Kong, Carol…show more content…
The second rule is to encourage a growth mind-set by, “telling stories about achievements that result from hard work…descriptions [like that] of great mathematicians who fell in love with math and developed amazing skills engenders a growth mind-set,” (Dweck, 171-175). Encouraging a growth mind-set allows for a child to have more success in their school life as well as in their social life as a result of motivation and the willingness to be challenged and learn. The two main ideas of “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids” are that fixed minded people are less likely to accept a challenge than growth minded people and that parents can do their part to help their child have a successful life by implanting a growth mind-set in their child’s brain. If more parents raised their children as growth minded individuals, this world would improve significantly. ESSAY 2 Both Carol S. Dweck and Annie Murphy Paul use the term intelligence in their essays, but they have slightly different meanings. While Carol S. Dweck uses the term intelligence as a measure of how smart someone is that can be expanded through effort, while Annie Murphy Paul uses intelligence in the same manner (a measure of how smart someone is), but in how it can be suppressed. Carol S. Dweck uses intelligence as a form of measurement that measures how heavy of a workload someone can receive and understand, and how it can be expanded through effort. In an essay that was
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