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Problem

It's hard to change people's behavior.

Solution

Changing the behaviors of an entire group of people can be easier than changing just one person at a time...

Image of letter that reads: I'm giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you...

Problem

College students often earn mediocre grades.

Solution

Helping college students understand that intelligence is a skill they can develop over time, rather than a talent they were born with, causes their GPAs to rise...

Collage of faces of different ages, races, and ethnicities

Problem

Prejudice and discrimination make life hard for many people around the world.

Solution

Showing that other groups are made up of diverse individuals reduces prejudice and discrimination...

"Nice job A' written on bottom of student's paper

Problem

African-American students tend to receive lower grades, partly because they distrust school and their teachers.

Solution

When teachers tell African-American students, “I have high standards, and I know you can meet them,” they build their students’ trust and help them excel...

Scan of brain

Problem

In math and science, women and girls trail behind their male peers. 

Solution

Teaching girls that intelligence is a skill they can develop over time, rather than a trait they are born with, helps them earn higher grades in math...

A group of gay-straight alliance students hold a banner in a pride parade

Problem

Teens are notoriously intolerant of people who do not think, act, or look like them.

Solution

When just one teen stands up to prejudice, his or her peers often follow suit…

A girl studies

Problem

Many promising students earn bad grades their first year of college.

Solution

Informing college freshmen that many first-years stumble, but then do better, helps them pull up their GPAs...

Students sitting at graduation

Problem

Even the most prepared students of color have worse grades and health than their European-American classmates.

Solution

When African-Americans are reassured that they belong in school, their grades and health improve.

Students take an exam

Problem

Many kids’ grades fall when they make the transition from elementary to middle school.  

Solution

Teaching middle-school students to think of intelligence as a skill they can develop over time, rather than a talent they were born with (or not), helps them persist in the face of setbacks and earn better grades... 

Students studying

Problem

American schools do not produce enough scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to meet the needs of 21st century workplaces. 

Solution

With a little guidance, parents can increase how many advanced math and science classes their teenagers take...

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