Posted on May 24, 16 comments While educators, families and kids walk into every new school year refreshed and hopeful, we are all exhausted and brain-fried by the last month of school. For many of us, our summer piles are stuffed with books we plan to read when we have more time. It happens to every reader. Our reading lives ebb and flow.
Not good for growth mindset. I sometimes blog about research into IQ and human intelligence. A lot of people find this pretty depressing. This is important and I want to discuss it eventually, but not now. What I want to discuss now is people who feel personally depressed. For example, a comment from last week: Right now I basically feel like pond scum.
I hear these kinds of responses every so often, so I should probably learn to expect them. They seem to me precisely backwards. But first, a comparison: These people get into some pretty acrimonious debates.
Overweight people, and especially people who feel unfairly stigmatized for being overweight, tend to cluster on the biologically determined side.
And although not all believers in complete voluntary control of weight are mean to fat people, the people who are mean to fat people pretty much all insist that weight is voluntary and easily changeable.
And the same is true of mental illness. She needs to just pick herself up and get on with her life. One more example of this pattern. There are frequent political debates in which conservatives or straw conservatives argue that financial success is the result of hard work, so poor people are just too lazy to get out of poverty.
Then a liberal or straw liberal protests that hard work has nothing to do with it, success is determined by accidents of birth like who your parents are and what your skin color is et cetera, so the poor are blameless in their own predicament.
The obvious pattern is that attributing outcomes to things like genes, biology, and accidents of birth is kind and sympathetic.
I can come up with a few explanations for the sudden switch, but none of them are very principled and none of them, to me, seem to break the fundamental symmetry of the situation. Consider for a moment Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the greatest mathematicians of all time.
He grew up in poverty in a one-room house in small-town India.
He taught himself mathematics by borrowing books from local college students and working through the problems on his own until he reached the end of the solveable ones and had nowhere else to go but inventing ways to solve the unsolveable ones.
There are a lot of poor people in the United States today whose life circumstances prevented their parents from reading books to them as a child, prevented them from getting into the best schools, prevented them from attending college, et cetera.
And pretty much all of those people still got more educational opportunities than Ramanujan did. And from there we can go in one of two directions. First, we can say that a lot of intelligence is innate, that Ramanujan was a genius, and that we mortals cannot be expected to replicate his accomplishments.
Or second, we can say those poor people are just not trying hard enough. I hear that pays pretty well. But the very phrase tells us where we should classify that belief.According to Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide to Graduation Policy and Rates (Olson, ), the national graduation rate is percent.
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I took a walk today, the first sunny day over 30 degrees Fahrenheit in a long time, and I was mulling over this newsletter a little, and suddenly thought, out of the blue, "What a pleasure books have been to me!".