No, grades should not be abolished. Grades should be motivation for kids to strive to do well. If there were no grades then kids would have no standards to go from. testing knowledge and problem solving abilities are important aspects of learning. You can"t test yourself without a result. Success or failure is how you grow. Grades let us know what our strengths and weaknesses are. If we did not have grades then we would be oblivious to what we know.
I'm still in school and it gives me anxiety looking at my grades and straining to keep my grades up. I think it puts kids down. When you think about it grades are almost like saying " hey this is how smart you are" when no that is not the truth at all. you never know the kid might just be bad at taking test. so getting rid of the grading system would allow kids to relax more and maybe do better and be able to focus and grasp the concepts more.
Yes, Grades SHOULD be a motivation, but currently, they seldom are. Most kids look at their grades and are unencouraged, and dissapointed.
For me, grades don't show where I'm struggling. They just show me how good or how poorly I did on a certain assignment. One could argue that that is exactly the thing that shows how well you're doing in that area, but more detail on the matter would benefit me even more, not just a number.