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Elizabeth Wissner-Gross, author of best-selling books on education, and Founder and President of Educational Strategies, shares her epiphany on why American schools lag far behind those of other countries. Hint: It’s not the teachers’ fault. It’s not the students, parents, unions, tenure, too much homework, too little homework, or even too much testing. The problem, pure and simple, is grades and fear of grade inflation. The American grading system forces our teachers to “Anti-Teach.” This TEDxBeaconStreet talk, excerpted from the author’s upcoming book “Gotcha Grading,” reveals how eliminating our grading system could bring American education back up to the top.

Author and educator Elizabeth Wissner-Gross, most known for her best-selling books on educational opportunities for high school students, is the Founder and President of Educational Strategies, a leading international consulting company that connects ambitious high school students worldwide with the top American college opportunities.


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Elizabeth Wissner-Gross

Elizabeth Wissner-Gross

Elizabeth Wissner-Gross is an internationally noted educational strategist who helps high school and college students discover their academic passions, develop inspiring academic and career goals and pursue exciting and challenging educational experiences.

She has helped hundreds of students nationally and internationally to secure the best opportunities according to their interests, including college, grad school and professional school admissions. In addition to advising individual students and families, she is an advocate for education. She speaks at schools, school district meetings throughout the United States, education conferences and leads one-day essay writing marathon workshops for high school seniors.

She has appeared on the Today Show and I on New York, has been heard on radio stations throughout the United States and has been quoted in The New York Times, Newsday, World Journal (Chinese) and USA Today. Her own articles have appeared in hundreds of newspapers nationally and internationally. She is an advocate of interest-based learning and the strengthening of American education, spreading the word about the many wonderful opportunities that exist for motivated young people.

Elizabeth Wissner-Gross lives with her husband Sigmund in Great Neck, NY and Bloomfield, CT.