Schools should laud pupils’ efforts, not their ability

Praising a child for their innate ability is all well and good, but we must teach them how to learn if they are to succeed later in life, argues Marina Strinkovsky

School should laud pupils' effort, not ability

When you were at school, how long did you ever go without doing your homework? People tend to be puzzled by this question: “What do you mean, how long? Maybe a week or so? Everybody skives off once in a while, after all.”

I have a very precise answer to this question, which is that I did not do my homework for a straight seven months, as an experiment to see if anyone noticed.

When I was 10, I was very ill and missed the first six weeks of term. There was a great deal of susurrating concern about what I had missed: teachers and parents made plans for reintegration and assigned studious ...

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