By Becky Diamond
Original Source: Psychology Today
Originally posted in the April 11, 2023
- An increasing number of students feel pressure to get straight A’s.
- The pressure to excel turns toxic when students feel their self-worth is contingent upon constant academic achievement.
- Kids are happier and healthier when they are motivated by their own interests.
Excerpt from the article:
The ISEE (EYE-see) is the Independent School Entrance Examination, a three-hour standardized test that kids take to get into private schools. Students who compete for spots at the most selective schools must learn 6th and 7th grade material by the middle of 5th grade, according to several educators involved in the application process.
“ISEE test preparation for most students requires a tremendous amount of new instruction,” said Brad Hoffman, a board-certified educational planner who runs My Learning Springboard, a tutoring and education consulting firm. “We remind families who are wading into a private school process [that] it needs to be handled with appropriate balance.”