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Do grades describe someones intelligence?

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Themeaman909
Voting Style: Open with Elo Restrictions Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/13/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Themeaman909

Con

I will be saying that they don't represent intelligence, but instead understanding and motivation. FIRST ROUND IS ACCEPTANCE ONLY. Don't give an argument or it's a forfeit.
richguy12349

Pro

I will be saying why grades do describe someones intelligence, even though I clearly don't agree. We can begin our argument in Round 2.
Debate Round No. 1
Themeaman909

Con

Lets review what grades do. They describe the quality of assignments turned in to a class, and determine if the student is working efficiently . Now, lets also review how good grades are achieved. First, the student must turn in work on time. Then, they have to make quality work. Finally, they need motivation. Motivation is what helps all people to achieve something. If students with good grades are motivated, than they can easily understand something. If someone can not stand playing sports, than they will not have motivation, so they will do poorly. They will also not care about learning rules and strategies, so their understanding will, be limited. Now,if we switch this analogy over to school grades, than we can see that the less motivated students will understand much less And thus, they will fail. Take theses ideas from an article into perspective:

"Grades are, at best, a fairly arbitrary system of communicating anything. Is your B the same as my B? What is a B, anyway? Two students: 1) Sue is a high-ability student who doesn't try hard, does not do her best work and earns a B; 2) Mary is a low-middle ability student who works her tail off and earns a B instead of her usual C. Are these Bs equivalent? Does the grade communicate anything about the student? Should Mary get a better grade than Sue because she tried harder? Which student's behavior better reflects the values of our schools? Of our society?" (http://www.edutopia.org...)

The article gives a very good example about effort vs. intellect in the grading scale. If your child was Mary, would you be mad that sarah, who was very lazy and effortless, got the same grade as your child. I would be irritated with the teachers. Some students are very intelligent but have absolutely no motivation, and thus will end up living in their parents basements. I'm sorry to say that, but it is the cold hard reality.

"The dumbest person in the world with the most motivation will achieve more than the smartest person, with no motivation." - Myself
richguy12349

Pro

richguy12349 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Themeaman909

Con

I have nothing more to say. Please vote con.
richguy12349

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
Themeaman909

Con

vote for con.
richguy12349

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
richguy12349

Pro

richguy12349 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Themeaman909 1 year ago
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