My daughter was crying after school. She had flubbed her math test. Math was her favorite subject in middle school. Now, she hates math. How did it come to this? She couldn’t even get a look at her test after it was graded. The teacher said the question would leak out and they wouldn’t be able to use it for subsequent years! Did my daughter fail because she didn’t understand a concept or was it because of a careless mistake? I wouldn’t know and more importantly she didn’t know - how was she to learn from her mistakes?
> that focuses on judging students instead of inspiring and motivating them to learn more
Strong agree about this.
Though I wonder whether is because the teachers themselves are judged by KPIs 🤔
At least this is true in the education system in my country.
maybe there's a goldilocks zone where there's just enough judgement (regardless of teachers or students) to maintain minimum standards of accountability while allowing enough space for inspiration to take place organically
Reminds me of some old proverb about pulling plants to help them grow faster being counterproductive
sorry to hear about you daughter's incident.
Elon is sponsoring a new school system, worth checking out https://www.synthesis.com
Also you might find interesting this article https://erikhoel.substack.com/p/why-we-stopped-making-einsteins
Great essay! So important to encourage a growth mindset over a fixed mindset.