The key to student participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is that they feel confident about meeting the challenges of rigorous course work. Praising performance outcomes versus the process of learning can harm children’s self-confidence. Carol Dweck comments in a recent interview in The Atlantic, “We’ve created several generations now of very fragile individuals because they’ve been praised and hyped. And feel that anything but praise is devastating.”
Read the entire article, “Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don’t Think They’re Smart”.