It wasn’t that long ago that psychologists believed girls couldn’t outperform boys—but, of course, life has certainly demonstrated that that isn’t the case, particularly in the academic realm.
In an article recently published on the Teachers Media International website, Professor Deborah Eyre, founder of High Performance Learning, explores the key factors that impact academic achievement—opportunity, support, and a clear motivation to succeed.
“It’s not just girls who can perform highly,” Eyre writes. “It’s all students, regardless of gender, background, or race.”
Eyre notes that new evidence demonstrates early childhood success is not a strong indicator of eventual adult success—students must know more than simply how to “pass the test.” Instead, a cognitively successful learner “is able to deploy a wide variety of thinking approaches—both critical and creative—but also, crucially, the values attitudes and attributes such as empathy, mental agility and hard work needed to secure high performance.”
In the article, Eyre also introduces the seven pillars of high performance, as further discussed in her book, High Performance Learning: How to Become a World Class School.
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~ The Teachers Media Team