Is it just me .. or am I understanding this wrongly ...?
If you're into all these newfangled (or ok maybe not so new) mindsets and buzzwords and things, you'll know of this thing called a 'growth mindset'.
Put simply, a “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.
A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.
Which sounds good at first glance, right? We can all grow to learn new things, we aren't fixed by (old/previous) skills and experiences - time to learn/achieve new things in every area of life: school, work, craft, exercise, .. etc.
But (in my experience, not sure if it's just me/Asian life/life's bitter realities/hyping up a fluff buzzword) -- that's not what it really means or looks like.
Because -- I'm not gonna even use my new marketing job as an example for this, although part of me is tempted to. But let's just say, school. The reality is, more often than not - we can't really have room to make mistakes!
Sure, I can tell my kids that they will "eventually" master multiplication and division someday - but reality is they have an end-of-term test by which time they have to show mastery.
Or even if they really master it the next year, by that time there is so much more they need to know - decimals. percentage. fractions without common denominator. & not learning it within the immediate time window, means they will always lag behind, struggling to catch up.
Does anyone else feel/has anyone else ever felt that "growth mindset" bears more implications of "you better be able to do it by ... xxx [insert date of assessment of learning]", rather than the "continuous process of learning" vibe its supposedly hyped to give off?
I can see how this might work in a leisure example though - like for a small biz setting where no one is "assessing" you per se, there is always room to try new stitches/yarn/patterns/colours in crochet, for example.
But for all else real-world with an assessment .. even for a working context it feels like the reality of a growth mindset is "I give you xxx amount of time to master xxx things, because you need to have had all these figured out by end of probation/end of the year/end of xxx [insert deadline]"
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