School Shouldn’t Hurt

We hear it all the time, particularly from students themselves. School hurts. Too many students leave high school uninspired, under-prepared, and anxious about the world that awaits them. Why? Our schools are tasked primarily with sorting and ranking them, rather than engaging and enlightening them. The current transcript reduces a complex human being to simple numbers and letters. We can do better.

“A new transcript that truly reflects student mastery can be a key factor in helping to reduce student stress and overload without reducing rigor. I am excited to see so many schools working together in this consortium to create a product that can greatly improve student health and engagement with learning.”

– Denise Pope, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Stanford Graduate School of Education and Co-Founder, Challenge Success and co-author: Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids.

College students reported the following within the last 12 months

American College Health Association: National College Health Assessment 2010
95,712 College Students Responding from 139 Colleges

“Too many students, perhaps after a year or two spent using college as a treadmill to nowhere, wake up in crisis, not knowing why they have worked so hard.”

– Harry R. Lewis, Former dean of Harvard College