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What are the hidden messages in the storybooks we read to our kids
2018/01/10 01:50
a cat that has an appetite for sloppy letters — "written too large or too small, or if the letter is missing a stroke," explains one of the researchers, psychologist Cecilia Cheung, a professor at University of California Riverside. "So the only way children can stop their letters from being eaten is to write really carefully and practice every day."
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underlying point is clear: "This is really instilling the idea of effort
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The values included setting a goal to achieve something difficult, putting in a lot effort to complete the task and generally viewing intelligence as a trait that can be acquired through hard work rather than a quality that you're born with.
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By contrast, Cheung says a typical book from the U.S. is one called The Jar of Happiness.
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this emphasis on happiness comes up a lot in the books from the U.S
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emphasizing that smiling is important, that laughing is important, that being surrounded by people who are happy is important."
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Cheung notes that children in China consistently score higher on academic tests compared to children in the U.S. and Mexico. But she says more research is needed to determine how much of that is due to the storybooks or even to the larger differences in cultural values that the books reflect. Other completely unrelated factors, such as different teaching techniques could be at work.
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if you think intelligence is gained through effort, then when you're confronted with a challenge or even an outright failure, "you just put more effort into it. You try to learn from the experience and you think about different ways of approaching the problem rather than saying, 'No, I'm just not smart and I'm just going to give up right away.'"
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Chinese parents might want to learn from the American focus on encouraging children's happiness and sense of connection to others.
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