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Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning : Shots - Health News : NPR -
""I think that from very early ages we [in America] see struggle as an indicator that you're just not very smart," Stigler says. "It's a sign of low ability — people who are smart don't struggle, they just naturally get it, that's our folk theory. Whereas in Asian cultures they tend to see struggle more as an opportunity." In Eastern cultures, Stigler says, it's just assumed that struggle is a predictable part of the learning process. Everyone is expected to struggle in the process of learning, and so struggling becomes a chance to show that you, the student, have what it takes emotionally to resolve the problem by persisting through that struggle." -
Reminds me of that book that came out a few years ago, about the difference between telling kids they succeeded because of their smarts or because of their hard work.
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