School Finals: Students who passed the class shouldn't have to worry about taking a final.
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"I haven't checked the grades yet. But those are the only two grades that i would need to bring up. I think that taking the final in those classes would help me a lot because of how we are prepared for it all"-pro
It caught my eye by how you said "we are prepared for it all". Just from telling me that you have a majority of A's I can tell that you are a very intelligent (and stressed out) girl. If a student is able to have A/B honors they have the capability to do finals. Besides, finals are mostly questions that teachers already gave you during regular tests and quizzes. If a student does a self-study and look over all their previous test - if they saved it - they will ace the finals and classes in flying colors. I completely agree with you on how schools should break down weeks to review what they learned (most schools do), but unfortunately not all schools do that (including yours seemingly), that is why students need to ask their teachers if they can tutor them during after school hours, unless they already have after school tutoring. Finals are truly beneficiary to students, acing, failing and passing.
"I'm just saying that if youre passing the class you shouldn't have to take one if you are not passing then you should take one." - pro
So you're saying that students who are "passing" shouldn't take a test...okay, so I guess that means students who are barely passing deserve to not take a final as well.
Passing doesn't specifically mean earning A's and B's by US standards. In the US, the general standard of a passing grade is that anything below a 60 or 75 is failing, depending on the grading scale [ http://en.m.wikipedia.org...]. Let's say there's a student in your class with straight D's. He doesn't have good grades but they're considered passing grades.If your school allowed passing students to be excused from finals, then ALL passing students would be permitted to not take finals. Does that seem fair? Do you think that D grade student deserves what you deserve - an A/B student?
Those who are really trying, and really working hard to get the grades they have, shouldn't have to worry about a final exam. - Pro
I believe you; there are students who work hard to get the grades they have or want, but you have to think about the students who work harder. If students have the ability to raise an x grade to a y grade, they have the capability to raise that grade into an A. Students with average grades aren't the only ones who struggle; students with straight A's can struggle just as much because they want to keep their report card and GPA in tact. I understand that you think it's unfair certain students don't have to take finals but to me, personally, it's completely fair. The teachers you overheard speaking about students not having to take finals probably had a good reason to not let them; those students they spoke of probably had top grades in their classrooms or top ranks in their GPA. Teachers aren't usually impressed by students with average grades (they are kind of neutral about it), they mostly focus on kids with the best and worst grades. For students with the worst grades, they think they should take finals as a last resort to improve their grades, and as for students with the best grades, some teachers think, "their grades are high enough already. So why give them a final?". When teachers think about students with average grades taking a final, they probably think, "maybe they want their grades higher" or "I don't think they care one way or another as long as they are passing classes". In conclusion, I think students with passing grades should take finals because it might help them better their grades, including themselves. Not all passing students feel like they've done enough for their grades, many feel they need the best grade they can receive so they prefer studying as hard as they can and take finals. If a student can manage to earn a passing grade or higher they can manage to take a final and still have that grade, if not way better.
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Vote Placed by Kreakin 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Arguments goes to Con for sound refutation of Pros arguments, for example, the need for grading to be fair and reflective. Con was the only side to use sources, even if it was wiki : /
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