Day By Day

Thursday, December 06, 2007

How To Raise Smart Kids

Scientific American tells you how. Don't tell them they're smart, make them work hard:

Praising children’s innate abilities...can...prevent young athletes or people in the workforce and even marriages from living up to their potential. On the other hand..., teaching people to have a “growth mind-set,” which encourages a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or talent, helps make them into high achievers in school and in life.

But..., but..., what about "self esteem"?

Read it here.

Of course, if hard work doesn't appeal, there's this from the Telegraph:
Lots of sex, dark chocolate and the Scandinavian routine of cold meat for breakfast are the best ways to boost brain power, a new book claims.
Read the whole thing here.