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“It’s Not About How Smart You Are”

MINDSET by Carol Dweck

In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, staff reporter David Glenn has written an interesting piece considering the pioneering work—and controversial viewpoints—of psychologist, professor and author Carol Dweck.  

Dweck, currently a professor at Stanford University, is a leading expert on motivation and personality psychology.  Having done more than twenty years of research on mindset, she has come to form what many consider to be a contratian view: by fostering the belief that intelligence is a fixed trait, and praising students for simply “being smart”, educators do a disservice not only to students but to society-at-large.

The article has sparked varied reactions among Chronicle readers.  In exchange for a free copy of Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, we’d like to get your point of view as well.  Simply read the Chronicle article and/or the book excerpt and post a thoughtful comment here.  Then email us for your free copy (please be sure to include your full school mailing address).

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Cohen’s NYT book review, “The Banality of Good”

EVERY MAN DIES ALONE by Hans Fallada

“What Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française did for wartime France after six decades in obscurity, Fallada does for wartime Berlin”, so writes Roger Cohen in his laudatory review of Hans Fallada’s harrowing Every Man Dies Alone, now available in English more than 60 years after its initial publication in Germany.

A powerful novel based on the real-life exploits of couple Otto and Elise Hampel, whose defiance of Hitler via a postcard campaign led to their eventual and brutal execution, Every Man Dies Alone is, according to the New York Observer, “one of the most immediate and authentic fictional accounts of life during the long nightmare of Nazi rule.”

Click here  to read Cohen’s full review, “The Banality of Good”, and click here to begin reading the book.

The first five commenters will receive a free copy of the new trade paperback edition of the book.

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