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The Almighty 'A' is the Death of Learning

Anne Sobel | Posted 01.04.2016 | Education
Anne Sobel

Its no secret grade inflation is cause célèbre at universities, but the pressure to give A's is a Frankenstein of our own design. Like hog futures, real estate, and diamonds, an A only holds the intrinsic value we assign it.

Managing Test Anxiety in Today's High Stakes Testing Era

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

School worry and test worry are common. There has become an increased focus on grades, GPAs, and a fear-based mentality that kids will not get into a good college unless they have a 4.6 GPA. Sadly, this fearful mentality has trickled down all the way to elementary school today! What is going on? And what should parents do?

Don't Ask About Your Kids' Grades in College

Robert Shireman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Robert Shireman

Instead of asking about grades, we ask our adult children to occasionally share with us something they do for a class, an artifact of their college experience.

College Admissions: Top 5 Mistakes Parents Make

Khanh Ho | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Khanh Ho

The Fall College Application Season has arrived. And kids are showing up on college campuses nationwide, dressed in their finest duds, scouting out the hallowed halls of the ivory tower.

Dear Ernest, #1: The College GPA Myth Exposed

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.02.2014 | College
Ernest Owens

College students spend more time trying to unify themselves to the same expectations that high school required without appreciating the opportunity to create their own unique standard.

Why I'm Proud of My Son's Low GPA

Sandy Abrams | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Sandy Abrams

Success to us meant that he would be a good person living a meaningful life, earning a living following his passion.

What This Year's College Results Mean to Next Year's Seniors

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The smoke is still clearing after the last college notifications were sent to the Class of 2014, but it isn't too early to use this year's results to ...

Ask the Art Professor: To What Extent Do Grades Define an Academic Career in Visual Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

When viewed as a challenge or barometer for progress, grades can make a positive contribution to your overall experience in art school.

Another Hurdle for College Seniors to Climb?

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 11.09.2013 | College
Dr. Anne Hendershott

President Barack Obama has joined the debate by suggesting that the federal government needed to become involved in rating colleges and universities -- linking federal student aid to college ratings. This can only end badly.

Six Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About College

Jeremy Littau | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Jeremy Littau

As my college career unfolded, I discovered I was learning how to do college along the way. My grades weren't great (more on that later) because of some of the early lessons I learned, but by the time I graduated I had this thing nailed.

The Damage of 'Impossible Perfectionism'

Joie Jager-Hyman | Posted 08.05.2013 | College
Joie Jager-Hyman

Last week, I got an email from a client asking me if it was OK for her son to skip one of his SAT Subject Tests this Saturday because he has been ill from what his doctor diagnosed as "stress-related migraines."

To (All) the Colleges That Accepted Me

Emmett Rensin | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Emmett Rensin

Despite the unfairness of our college admissions process, we still live in an America where even if privilege can't protect your slot at a top school from a slob like me, it can still give you a very large public forum in which to complain about it.

How Social Circles Affect Students' Grades

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.20.2013 | Science
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Nick Miller Researchers asked 160 high school students in New York to identify their close friends, regular friends and acquaintances, and then ...

Don't Let Grades Define Self-Worth

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 04.30.2013 | College
The Miami Hurricane

Though being mediocre shouldn't be what students strive for, letting grades determine your self-worth is absurd. Instead, students need to know what is expected of them in their industry and work toward achieving that.

5 Ways to Prep for College Right Now

GalTime | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
GalTime

College preparation does not begin with the student's senior year. Ideally, it should start their freshman year of high school.

The Best Punishment: Why I Need to Raise My GPA to Drive

Casey Miller | Posted 01.27.2013 | Teen
Casey Miller

When I turned 15 two weeks ago, I was psyched to start driving. That is, until my parents threw me a curveball a few days ago.

Attention Kids: Grades Are NOT Everything

Jim Higley | Posted 07.23.2012 | Parents
Jim Higley

I think kids should work hard, use their talents and take school seriously. But more than anything, I want my kids to learn how to learn.

Bullying Victims See Lower GPAs, Especially High Achieving Blacks and Latinos

Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

Bullying victims often cite lasting psychological damage as a consequence, but a new study shows that those who are bullied also suffer academically, ...

Tough Love: Mom Makes Son Stand On Corner, Wear Sign With GPA

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

If taking away your kid's cellphone or other privileges doesn't work as punishment, a Tampa Bay, Fla. mom recommends public embarrassment. Ronda Ho...

Race to the Top? Part I

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Jim Taylor

Bookended by a story about a girl who committed suicide after failing a math test, the film Race to Nowhere shows the price young people are paying for hanging on the runaway train of academic overachievement.

STUDY: Most Students Stressed, Some Depressed

AP | NANCY BENAC and TREVOR TOMPSON | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Stress over grades. Financial worries. Trouble sleeping. Feeling hopeless. So much for those carefree college days....