Nearly half of adults who responded to a national survey said self-doubt is one of the largest challenges they would face if they enrolled in a postsecondary education or training program.
Self-doubt was one of the top three challenges respondents cited, below time and above cost.
The new data are included in the findings from the latest “Public Viewpoints” report from Strada Education Network, which surveyed American adults on their motivations for pursuing more education, as well as the barriers they face.
The importance of mental barriers was one of the findings that stuck out the most, said Nichole Torpey-Saboe, director of research at Strada. It’s yet another layer colleges have to consider when trying to attract people without degrees for enrollment.
Here is the full story. This is what I call a “trivial” blog post. There is nothing startling in the content, and perhaps it is not so interesting to read. The comments on it won’t be very good either. Yet it represents a very important truth, and one that, while it is well-known, is probably not sufficiently emotionally internalized. And the gains would be high if more people understood this.