As Con, I stand to negate the statement that grades are inaccurate determinations of students’ abilities.
Throughout this argument, I will also state why grading is important, thus giving the reasoning behind a report of a student’s grade, this will nullify Pro’s belief that the grading system should basically be abolished (which is what I have gathered from Pro’s comments on grading). Furthermore, in good faith of maintaining a constructive debate, I will offer suggestions which work alongside with Pro’s beliefs.
WHY GRADING IS IMPORTANT: Reports are not only used as a way to determine a child’s performance in a class, but also as way to give feedback/recommendations, motivate kids to achieve higher and to see where improvement is required. The benefits of a grading system far outweigh the so-called inaccuracies of grading, as the following source states:
“Grading is as a tool of approval in adolescenceand it make students’ motivation higher to study hard and doing their best for gaining environmental approval from others. Besides this, grade levels of adolescents are indicators and criteria for evaluating their personality.”- http://www.academia.edu...
This evidently manifests the fact that grading suits for many more purposes than that of determining a child’s ”abilities”. Through a system of grading, one can be observed to find their own personal strengths and weaknesses. This is something which is rather important to give the student a guiding path as to what they may aspire to do in the future. It can also determine if the individual’s personality and train of thought may be more scientific or artistically based, for example. As a loosely-based scenario: A prospect has applied for a position in a new design-based company which is hiring for new and creative potential. It is evident that this student has struggled with mathematics their entire schooling life however has excelled in Arts. This would be of more importance to the company, therefore the fact that the prospect has struggled with mathematics would be basically deemed irrelevant.
COUNTER PLAN: As aforementioned, in good faith of a constructive debate, I will offer resolutions which take into consideration Pro’s and my statements.
If letter grades were to be completely abolished, teachers could in fact report students’ progress through narratives. This narrative would have to be met by a specific guideline met by the teacher, in order to ensure that all aspects are addressed within the narrative. This will still give potential employers and universities an accurate understanding and perception of the student, through words rather than a single letter stating their grades.