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  • Erica Kleinknecht

    I'm working on writing an essay just now on the same topic, but from a different angle. I'm evaluating the typical US mindset about what it takes to succeed in school is intelligence and that intelligence is a fixed trait. There are a handful of theories about Intelligence in Psych (some old, some current) where intelligence is thought of as a skill set that gives rise to flexible adaptive behavior. If we change our mindset to reflect skills, as you note too, then the high stakes testing moving loses importance, and teachers are given more leeway to teach skills. When they do so (teach skills) content follows. Just look at the effectiveness of Montessori for an example of this.