A Modest Proposal
Plenty of students that are struggling with their grades are intelligent and hard working. They get high grades on tests, class work, homework, etc., but those low grades significantly hurt their overall grade. I know I have had my fair share of low grades in the past and I know how that feels. So I am here to make a modest proposal.
Just eliminate grades completely. It is a win-win situation if you look at it: students will no longer have anxiety, they won’t tear themselves apart because of poor scores. Parents will not be angry at their children for low results. Teachers will have less paperwork to do and can concentrate more on great lesson planning. In the end it will save trees from being turned in paper, because we have all seen stacks of paper hat have just been flung into trash bins to be disposed of.
Grades are only here to crush the hopes and dreams of a poor student who works hard. If that “poor student” fails to earn the grade she deserves, she becomes crushed and discouraged. She may try her hardest to bring them up, but what if she does not? Then her parents find out, then scholarship foundations find out, then colleges find out, and then that “poor student” won’t be able to attend college.
All this girl wanted to be was a zoologist who worked at a zoo, to be around the animals she loves. But instead, she now lives under a grafetti ridden highway bridge.
All of this could have been avoided if we did not have a grading system. It just adds too many expectations onto students. Why can’t we all just do what the ancient Greeks did for school, learn verbally. The Greek students never had to write down a thing because everything was done orally. Since nothing was written down, grades were not present. The instructor just taught and the students learned. We all know how successful the Greeks were in their respective fields of science and mathematics, so this idea is bound to work. Now I’m not saying that students should...
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