Negative stereotypes, such as, “African-Americans underperform in standardized tests,” or “women are bad at math” often turn into self-fulfilling prophecies for students. As University of California, Berkeley, public policy professor David L. Kirp notes, negative beliefs are at the heart of why many students fail to reach their potential. Luckily, new research suggests that short interventions aimed at transforming students’ mind-sets can boost performance. getAbstract recommends Kirp’s New York Times opinion piece to education professionals.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why a lack of intelligence is rarely the reason why students struggle,
- How short psychological interventions can dramatically improve academic performance, and
- Why black and Latino students particularly benefit from confidence-boosting interventions.
About the Author
David L. Kirp is a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley.