In Jo Boaler’s “Mathematical Mindsets”, the following paragraph appears in Chapter 2:
“In workshops with Carol Dweck I often hear her tell parents to communicate to their children that it is not impressive to get work correct, as that shows they were not learning. Carol suggests that if children come home saying they got all their questions right in class or on a test, parents should say: “Oh, I’m sorry; that means you were not given opportunities to learn anything.” This is a radical message , but we need to give students strong messages to override an idea they often get in school — that it is most important to get everything correct, and that correctness is a sign of intelligence. Both Carol and I try to reorient teachers so they value correct work less and mistakes more.”
I wrote the following to Carol Dweck:
“Based on articles I’ve read by you in which you clarify misinterpretations of your growth mindset theory, the above quote doesn’t sound like advice you would give to parents. Could you tell me if the above quote is accurate?”
Stay tuned for a response. But don’t hold your breath.