Scarlet Letters: Fixing the Problem of Grades

Mar 4, 2024

11:30am – 12:00pm CT

Getting a good grade is supposed to be a sign of excellence, but research shows that grades often have very negative consequences. Grades interfere with motivation and perpetuate the idea that school is a place for competition rather than discovery. Even worse, grades are affecting our children’s wellbeing. Specifically, the stress, anxiety, and pressure felt by students about grades are directly linked to the widely reported mental health crisis among children, teens, and young adults. In this session, we will zero in on the problem of grades and discuss ways that we might yet fix it.

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Joshua Eyler

University of Mississippi