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Jonathan Haidt: why I changed my mind about the value of school tests

The leading moral psychologist tells us about what led him to rethink a fundamental issue in education.

The Depolarization Project
20 November 2018

Jonathan Haidt at TEDxMidAtlantic 2012

Changed My Mind, our new podcast, continues with Jonathan Haidt. In each episode we ask a leader what they have changed their mind on and why. Most people believe we are entrenching our divisions, getting worse not better. So we want to shine a light on what people experience when they do make a fundamental shift in position.

Jonathan Haidt is one of the world’s leading moral psychologists. Based at New York University’s Stern School of Business, his book The Coddling of the American Mind is out in the UK now. 

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