A September 2013 study commissioned by the British Council involving 130 education policy makers concluded that this fixed mindset “partly accounts for the long standing socio economic gap in pupil attainment at all stages of English schooling”.
And clearly, this fixed mindset also robs us of confidence, motivation and optimism at a time when we all need to be learning new high-level skills in our more technologically sophisticated world of work. It presents “a huge psychological roadblock” (in Bill Gates’ words) to opportunity.
A Future Think random survey of 100 adults who grew up in the Caribbean found that 87 had a growth mindset. This is encouraging. But those of us of Caribbean heritage who are British born and bred may well have absorbed the fixed mindset from Britain’s classrooms and wider culture.
The good news is that mindsets can and do change. Indeed, in recent times, individual schools in both the state and independent sectors are attempting to change mindsets. But embracing the growth mindset in a fixed mindset saturated culture such as ours is no easy task. There is no quick fix and it requires considerable self-awareness and self-management.
Our next article in the series Opportunity Knocks will shine a spotlight on the technology-enabled discoveries in neuroscience helping many to embrace the empowering growth mindset.
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