The Atlantic published a piece today that ran under the headline, “Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don’t Think They’re Smart.”
I spent three hours in the library yesterday with The Boy wherein he spent 2/3 of his time frustrated and complaining about doing the work and 1/3 of his time doing the work. I was thus primed to read the piece with interest.
Readers, I can tell you now, the headline is grossly misleading. The piece is a transcript of a conversation between reporter Alexandra Ossola and researcher Carol Dweck. Nowhere in it does Ossola ask specifically about STEM or the scientific method. Nowhere does Dweck specifically mention STEM or the scientific method. Instead, the piece is a too-brief overview into what researchers (and teachers and parents) know about building self-esteem and praise in children and students.
Part of me wonders how much The Atlantic (or the reporter) was paid by the NSF to run a piece refuting the magazine’s March 2014 piece by Michael Teitelbaum. The other part of me wonders if this is an experiment by Dweck herself in measuring the average intelligence of the American public.
Please. The reality is likely that too many kids quit science because they realize there’s no future for them in it.