Making the Grade
From school grades to fitness trackers, we’re all being ranked and rated on a daily basis. This is having a huge impact on our happiness and preventing us from living our lives to the fullest. Can giving up on grades radically improve our well-being?
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Links to references from this episode. . .
“Back in 1785 all that changed.” For more on Ezra Stiles inventing grades,
“This is Emma Lord. She’s writes for Bustle.com”
“Back in 1961, Robert Bostrom and his colleagues surveyed more than 200 students on a couple hot-button issues.”
“Back in the 70’s, child psychologist Susan Harter tested 6th graders on anagrams just like this.”
“Today, Tracy is the founding Director of The Good Life Center at Yale University.”
“We are facing a real epidemic.”
American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II: Reference Group Executive Summary Fall 2018. Silver Spring, MD: American College Health Association; 2018.
“Over a thousand students enrolled the first time I taught it.”
“Credit/D is the Yale version of Pass/Fail.”
“Alfie’s classic book - Punished by Rewards - was just reprinted to mark its 25th anniversary.”