Thursday, October 08, 2009

More Schwartz

Barry Schwartz explains why our students don't do their work.

He attempts to explain our obsession with perfection. We live in such a productive and lavish society that we have developed such high expectations. No wonder we are depressed when we can't live up to our incredibly high expectations.

I think of one student in particular who dreads the grade printouts because they can't stand seeing a low score in one category representing a pop test they didn't do so well on. There is a lot of pressure at home to get all A's.

How nuts is that?

And if students did get all A's, what would that say about my class? Is it so easy that a student can never struggle on an assignment (and remember the "c" is the new "d").

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