It starts very early in life.
Even young children do it. We are “graded” by others and then we spend the rest of our lives rating ourselves. Are we good or bad? Did we pass or fail? Are we “A” daughters or “B” husbands? Are we good enough, smart enough, pretty enough—it’s a long list of comparisons and contrasts.
Most of our education uses the “stick and carrot” of grades to motivate students to do their work. Getting an A on a test or an “E for excellent” on homework is the carrot. Obtaining a D or lower is the stick. It works pretty well for about 80% of the students. It... Read More