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The Importance of Socially Resilient Mindsets

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SUNY Brockport
November 11, 2014
In the article “Can We Make Our Students Smarter?” written by Carol S. Dweck, it is argued that intelligence is not simply something we are born with but something that can be acquired throughout our life and hard work. This controversial idea is argued between multiple respected minds. It is Lewis Terman, a psychologist, who believes it is genes that determine intelligence and therefore it is possible to classify children in the classroom by their intelligence. Other intellectuals such as Alfred Binet and Walter Lippman began to speak out against Terman and his beliefs.

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Tough Guise 2 hit me as one the hardest revelations I have ever experienced before. Since the beginning of my memories anything and pretty much everything I can remember has some how linked into what kind of man I should have become. The film brought up how men have been policing themselves to maintain a patriarchal mentality almost until death. Men were/are not just brought up to be this powerful social soldier as kids, but they continue to be brought up into it by their peers, even at a later age.

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The article “Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?” by Nicholas Kristof on the New York Times website from August 27, 2014 explains how young African-American males are the subjects of racism and stereotyping by society as a whole. This problem is largely caused by those who do not think of themselves as racist, yet whose behaviour indicates discriminatory attitudes. For example, it was found that black students were suspended more often than white students.

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In Nigeria, a new law was passed on January 7, 2014 stating that “a person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies or organizations, or directly or indirectly makes public show of same sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offense and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years,” (The Associated Press, 2014).

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