The Atlantic’s Alexandra Ossola spoke to a Carl Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford, about the reasons why many kids give up on science. Hint: self-esteem plays a crucial role. Read the full interview here!
For most students, science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) subjects are not intuitive or easy. Learning in general—and STEM in particular—requires repeated trial and error, and a student’s lack of confidence can sometimes stand in her own way. And although teachers and parents may think they are doing otherwise, these adults inadvertently help kids make up their minds early on that they’re not natural scientists or “math people,” which leads them to pursue other subjects instead.
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