Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week 4: Growth Mindset

(Image Information: Whose Line is it Anyways? Growth Mindset Style. Source: The Human Potential Project)
This week I have decided to write my growth mindset post about this meme. I have been saving this one in my bookmarks for a while now and thought now would be the time to talk about it. I have to say, I absolutely love the show, "Whose Line is it Anyways?" and I immediately connected with this meme the second I saw it. I had read the blog post that the image brought me to, and I have to say that I agree with a lot that the writer is trying to argue.

The United States' school system is set up in a way that is supposed to fuel children to become a bureaucrat, a military member, or something of the sort. This got me thinking. On more than one occasion, I have been told that your degree does not matter. That the biggest reason you are hired after college is because the employers see that you actually stuck with it. That in the end, you were able to sit there for hours and come and go as your teachers wanted you. However, we are also taught that grades matter. We are granted with scholarships and high praises at the sight of good grades, but at the same time I'm being told my hard work does not actually matter to those trying to hire me. Then, you have the students that may have a better sense of what to do in the job force, but because I may have a higher GPA in a field than they do (because they may be bad at taking tests, but, in fact, they are much more well-versed in the material than I) I may get the job over them. I believe that there is a problem with our school system, but also a problem with what we tell students their priorities should be.

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