Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Rethinking How You Think About Grades
I was probably as guilty of this as anyone back in the day, but psychologists have learned that this common approach to grades (which is a byproduct of some of our social structures) is very unhealthy. I concur. I strongly recommend reading this article that outlines the sources and consequences of this problem. Here's a teaser to encourage you to click over:
Our society worships talent, and many people assume that possessing superior intelligence or ability—along with confidence in that ability—is a recipe for success. In fact, however, more than 30 years of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings.Check it out.
This is also incredible interesting when trying understand the differences between the educational environments of American and foreign children. It always seemed contradictory that American universities were so highly sought after when k-12 was ridiculed. This article might suggest that the difference lies more in how American society has been shaped and how that affects teaching more than some structural issue in our schools. So more testing, funding, and school choices maybe less important than a shift in how we all think about learning and our own self-esteem.
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