Yale University is bringing a popular psychology course to over 500 low-income high school students across the country. Not only will this course be available for free, but it will also give students college credits upon completion.
Yale professor Laurie Santos introduced “Psychology and the Good Life” in 2018 and it was a huge success. The course, aimed at improving the mental health of students on campus, gained so much attention that Yale moved its instruction to its largest lecture hall. Now in 2021, Yale is partnering with the University of Connecticut and National Education Equity Lab with aid from the Arthur M. Blank Foundation to deliver a modified version of the course for free to over 40 Title 1 schools in 17 cities, including New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Yale’s home town of New Haven.
According to Yale’s press release, the course will “present students with scientifically validated strategies for living a more satisfying life.” Professor Santos acknowledges that now is an especially important time for students to learn how to manage their mental health. He hopes this class will imbue high schoolers with the skills that will help them reach their full potential – while also giving them a head start in college with free college credit.
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