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Carol Dweck and Mindset

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I mentioned Carol Dweck’s extremely interesting and useful book Mindset in the post on what children should learn by age 18. I just learned of a thorough description at and wanted to point that out.

Also Dweck has instituted an online program based on the book: And they are now beta-testing Brainology Español.

I’m devoting a post to it because I think it’s an important book for everyone, but especially for those shaping the minds of children.

And, regarding life skills, Lifehacker has come up with this list.

UPDATE: And in this connection check out the Science News article by Bruce Bower: Kids Flex Culture Muscles.

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2 March 2012 at 7:23 am

The Older Grandson & I

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Perhaps we’re more alike than I thought. When he was a toddler, he was making cooking with his mom, The Eldest. They got the cookies on the sheet, and Grandson wanted decorations. Daughter had nothing, but remembered peanut-butter cookies, and so showed Grandson how make fork impressions as decorations. Grandson was bitterly disappointed: “Fork marks aren’t decorations!” He was very frowny.

On Thursday after the retina specialist tried and tried to see the tears, the light really hurting me, he finally injected a local near my eye, hence the bruise around my eye. (And of course it did nothing: the pain was in the retina.) At any rate, when he was done, he said, “We’re going to send you home with a patch on your eye.”

Well, cool! With my eye problems I had been thinking a black patch—à la Hathaway man—would be very nifty. The nurse showed up, carrying a handful of gauze bandages, and my first thought was: “Gauze bandages are not an eye patch!” And I felt very frowny.

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2 March 2012 at 7:02 am

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Paul Krugman spells it out

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Excellent column in NY Times by Paul Krugman:

Mitt Romney is very concerned about budget deficits. Or at least that’s what he says; he likes to warn that President Obama’s deficits are leading us toward a “Greece-style collapse.”

So why is Mr. Romney offering a budget proposal that would lead to much larger debt and deficits than the corresponding proposal from the Obama administration?

Of course, Mr. Romney isn’t alone in his hypocrisy. In fact, all four significant Republican presidential candidates still standing are fiscal phonies. They issue apocalyptic warnings about the dangers of government debt and, in the name of deficit reduction, demand savage cuts in programs that protect the middle class and the poor. But then they propose squandering all the money thereby saved — and much, much more — on tax cuts for the rich.

And nobody should be surprised. It has been obvious all along, to anyone paying attention, that the politicians shouting loudest about deficits are actually using deficit hysteria as a cover story for their real agenda, which is top-down class warfare. To put it in Romneyesque terms, it’s all about finding an excuse to slash programs that help people who like to watch NASCAR events, even while lavishing tax cuts on people who like to own NASCAR teams.

O.K., let’s talk about the numbers. . .

Continue reading.

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2 March 2012 at 2:00 am

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