Why our obsession with good grades is fundamentally flawed and holds children back

According to a prominent professor, the obsession with good grades is fundamentally flawed. Carol Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and is best known for her work on psychological mindsets. She wrote the best-selling book Mindset, first published in 2006, and her TED talk has had nearly 10 million views. iNews reports.

The most important thing, according to Dweck, is to focus on process, rather than just the end result. “I’m not saying the outcome of the A levels aren’t important, but a test score doesn’t tell you who you are and what you’re capable of contributing in the future,” she says.

Dweck says education should be about “enjoying the challenge of new kinds of things that have never been done before, sticking to incredibly hard tasks and figuring them out over time in collaborative settings”.

Read more about Carol’s research on two mindsets: fixed and growth Why our obsession with good grades is fundamentally flawed and holds children back 

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