Dassa’s Grit

Dassa was a black woman. A pretty young baby she was born to a poor family whose father drank. Her mother did the best she could but she herself was an orphan so there was no-one to protect her from the drunk. But she loved Dassa intently. As a baby and only child Dassa was … Continue reading Dassa’s Grit


McKinsey report

LINK Finding 1 If students are motivated they work hard and do better irrespective of personal background. Earth-shattering, I’d have never guessed that. How much money did it cost to say that? OK the report is couched in “mindset” parlance, but what teacher doesn’t know that? The report does not investigate the connection between personal … Continue reading McKinsey report

Growth Mindset Brianblog

Growth Mindset is one of a series of edufashions. Nothing new educationally except for mindset profiling. Appropriate mindset profiling in relation to the specific subject and institution might have some educational benefits. If applying growth mindset is producing good results, I would have to question what was happening before. Perseverance – if your institution is … Continue reading Growth Mindset Brianblog

First Reactions to Growth Mindset

My knee-jerk reaction to growth-mindset was that it was promoting cramming. Why did I have this reaction? Because as a teacher I became sick of teachers who applaud students for doing nothing. This culminated in my reaction to a pipsqueak careerist who stumbled into being the headmaster at my last school – he was 33, … Continue reading First Reactions to Growth Mindset