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Should school grades be removed?

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RonnyJ
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Started: 4/28/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Thunderbird

Pro

I say that grades should be abolished or removed because they can cause children to do harm to their selves. How can this happen? When a student has bad grades and are being put down for it, that can really make that student feel bad. Other factors that can contribute to this are stress, bullying, low self-esteem, mental issues, and other personal problems. When a person feels like they have let their family, friends, or other people important to them, their brain's hippocampus activates. When a child has low self-esteem, it can cause them to commite subside. To prevent this we need to find a new way to grade a student on how good they do in school.
RonnyJ

Con

Grades are important in understanding the progress children are making in their education. Without them, we would have a harder time figuring out what they have and haven't learnt, and would be unable to effectively compare the student's progress as a whole.(1) So keeping grades makes the most sense. You also say that we should find a new way to grade students, which doesn't make sense because you'd still be grading, and wouldn't solve any of the problems you put forward.

As for the effects of grades, I highly doubt that the majority of children are being bullied over getting a low grade. People get bullied for many reasons, but having low grades isn't one of them. People get bullied for reasons such as race, weight, disabilities, socioeconomic background and sexual orientation.(2)

Children who want to get good grades, and have the right opportunity to get them, will in most cases achieve what they want. As for the children who don't care about grades, they won't be effected emotionally by getting low grades in anyway negatively.

So overall, your argument for removing school grades is, in my opinion, a weak one. Grades are a way for schools to understand a child's progress, and removing them would be very counter-productive. It wouldn't decrease bullying in any significant way as children don't bully one another for having lower grades.

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(1)http://etale.org...
(2) http://nobullying.com...
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Vote Placed by Rainyi 1 year ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's argument was much stronger than Pro's. Also, Pro did not offer substantial evidence for Pro's reasoning, nor did Pro offer a better alternative to grading.
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Reasons for voting decision: @RonnyJ arguments were stronger and he supported them with reliable sources, while @Thunderbird provided a weak argument and did not give any sources.