MasterMind Session


Tuesday, April 17 at 9:15 a.m. 

MasterMind Session: Helping Students Move From Achievement to Purpose ?
William Deresiewicz
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Today's high-achieving students arrive at college with stronger and stronger academic skills but weaker and weaker social and emotional ones. They are great at jumping through the hoops we hold up, but often fall down when it comes time to stand on their own and make decisions about life and career. What is the educational system doing wrong? How can we help schools, teachers, and parents do a better job of equipping our young people for lives of independence and purpose? This MasterMind session focuses on the effects our current education system has on high-achieving students and how to equip them to move beyond the pressures of perfection to create a sense of purpose.

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William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. He taught English at Yale and Columbia before becoming a full-time writer in 2008. His work with the subjects of Excellent Sheep and other high-achieving students brought attention to the demands of achievement and the way today’s young people sacrifice self-fulfillment for perfect performance.



Watch his appearance on The Colbert Report