Self Esteem & Academic Performance

I think that if students care about the things they learn in school, if those things can be tied to things in their everyday situation, then that can lead to them being more successful academically. Students will probably be most confident when they are learning things that they know that they can apply immediately.

Well, this article says that performance in mathematics is not tied to confidence in one’s own math ability. The the study mentioned in the article did not cover other subjects (english, social studies, etc.). However, this does sort of put a wrench in my aforementioned beliefs. Why does this happen in math (assuming it doesn’t in other subjects)?

I do not think that the problem is that educators tie school subjects to ‘real life.’ The issue to me appears to be that our students seem to have a false sense of how well they are performing. How do we change that?

One Love. One II.

Self Esteem



About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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