Growth Mindset Is More Than We Think It Is

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Rebeka Ewusie

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As the first few days of school rolled around, homeroom teachers talked about the ‘growth mindset’ and how important it is for students to change their perspectives on their abilities. It is important to have a growth mindset in anything one pursues, because it can be the difference between wanting to take on challenges or giving up after the first round.

Every high schooler has a different perception of the classes they take or the clubs they’ve joined or the sports they play. Some teens love chemistry class, while others don’t like having to pull out their history textbooks and write outlines. Some people look forward to certain classes, and for some people it’s after school activities that make the difference.

No matter what it is, the simple act of choosing to want to get better at something over accepting one’s current abilities and deciding not to change them can make things different. In a good way.

Michael Jordan, a famous African-American basketball player, seems like one of the easiest examples we know of when it comes to growth mindsets. He was cut from the basketball team in high school during tryouts, he came back stronger, he’s now one of the best- it’s common knowledge. But more importantly, Jordan chose to get better instead of accepting defeat. He didn’t let his rejection from the team prevent him from getting better at basketball. He didn’t accept defeat, or accept that he wasn’t good at basketball. He strove to be a better player.

If Northwest Jags accept defeat and accept being benched during games or repeatedly getting low grades in class, they might be closing themselves off from growing and becoming even better students, athletes, actors, painters, or even environmentalists. So the next time they open their textbooks or start a round of warm ups, maybe they should focus on being the best they can be instead of being comfortable.

 

Works Cited

Blumenfeld, Glenn. “Defeating Philadelphia’s Defeatist Attitude.” Bizjournals.com, The Business Journals, 2018, www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2018/09/03/defeating-philadelphias-defeatist-attitude.html.

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