Valuing grades over learning

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Valuing grades over learning

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In a community that values grades, in a country that values high stakes testing, one danger is that children will start to equate their grade or their test score with their intelligence. This is wrong and harmful. Those grades and test scores are snapshots of one moment in time. What you know now and what you were able to show on those test, they have very little to say about how your intelligence might grow over time or your skills might grow over time. With passion, dedication and perseverance, It is very important that children not equate their grades and test scores with their intelligence or their potential to learn.

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Carol Dweck, PhD

Psychologist & Author

Carol S. Dweck, PhD, is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine students’ motivation and learning.

She has also held professorships at and Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups all over the world, and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Sciences. She recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the highest award in Psychology. 

Her work has been prominently featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and The London Times, with recent feature stories on her work in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on such shows as Today, Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, and 20/20. Her bestselling book Mindset (published by Random House) has been widely acclaimed and has been translated into 20 languages.

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