That grades should be abolished
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While it is true that it may encourage students to learn more, I think that students may get bullied (but then again, people bully other people anyways.)
I must admit that I've never been in a school system, so I wouldn't quite know what it would feel like in a social environment. My father doesn't always use letters for grades, he uses numbers and percentages. While it is good to know how I did on a test, I think grading systems would have a negative effect after a while, because there will be a bad day where you fail, and some children, depending on their parents, may take it too seriously and beat themselves over it. Dependent upon the student, the grading system would have a negative effect over time. Everybody is full of pride and vanity. To get an F or a 50% grade would be crushing.
What percentage is ACTUALLY trying? Children always find ways to cheat. They wouldn't care about the education when it comes to grading, because they'll be more focused on the reward they get when they receive top billing in their class. I think that not only should grades be abolished, but that they need to mark it harder for kids to pass schools. I digress on that, as that is a completely different subject.
But I think that the grading system is partially the reason why America is ranked 36 in the world on education. (http://www.cnycentral.com...)
Of course, that isn't to say that other countries don't have grading systems. They just emphasize the importance of actual learning than focus on the money their government gives them for giving students "successful" grades.
Honestly, the grading system is very flawed. Schools are making it easier for kids to pass, and that is unethical. The only reason they make it easier to pass school is not for the sake of the child, but for the revenue it gets from the government.
Although, rewards aren't exactly a bad thing. For example, the reward of doing well in high school is going to a good college. That is the reward. The think you are working towards. The reason why there are rewards in the world is because some kids are not that focused and have that good work ethic. If they get something in return, then they will work towards it like college. I'm not saying things like bribes but rewards. In this case: grades. Kids will work toward good grades which means that they will try to do well on their assignments. If a student really wants to do well they will not cheat. When you are taking the SAT, you won't be sitting next to someone. You will be by yourself. I am getting off topic but my main idea is that kids need to have a goal or in this case a reward to work towards to achieve success.
It is very true that some teachers or even schools go easy on the students. But that is the family problem. If families want their child to do well or find out their strengths and weaknesses, they will find the school or even teacher(s) that will give them the most productive or hardest grades.
It may be embarrassing having bad grades or you may be punished but it all comes down to what the student wants for him or herself. If the student wants to do well they will earn their prize. They may not even earn a prize but it's just the satisfying feeling that you did your best. Putting in 100% is all anyone wants to ask for. Grades just reflect on how the student is doing, how hard they are working or trying, etc. Grades are meant to help you not punish you.
While it is true that school choice is a family problem, I also believe rewards are partially family issues, as well.
The reason I sometimes don't try on my tests is because I expect a reward afterwards, and your are correct on that issue. But for me, the reward I expect isn't a number, or a letter, I expect something more like, "You did very well on your test!" from my parents.
I know different kids are different; some may want candy, others, money, and others, top billings.
I think that if they abolished the grading system, they should replace it with something more special. Like, maybe, somehow, have their parents or their guardian, or whoever they respect the most, have them in the room with them. That way, they could try their hardest to get all the answers on their test correct, and when the teacher hands them the report card, or results, their guardian or whatever could give them the best gratitude.
If people saw how hard their children worked, I think that would make children work harder, to get the reward of gratitude.
Obviously, some people applaud their kids with receiving an "A" or 100% anyways, but--and I'm not sure how I'm going to express this--I think the kids may associate it too much. They won't feel the same thing after a while; they'll just feel like their getting applauded for the letter, or number. I think they should be applauded for the effort, and that would be the best reward.
There should be grading systems because it tells families and students how the student is doing. After the family and student find out how the kid is doing, they will figure out what reward they will get. Whether that is a trip to the candy store or just a sweet compliment. It's not just 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 or A, A-, B+, etc, schools/teachers are supposed to write a note about you. How you do in class, how well you work etc. What your teacher thinks of you.
I think that kids obsess too much with grades. How well they do, what their parents will say but at the end of the day, if you worked hard, you will get good grades and you will receive whatever reward your parents give you. Believe me, I agree with you. Kids shouldn't get a trip to the movies because they do well. They should be supplied with a reward of compliments or even just a hug. I think that is the best reward anyone can receive.
In conclusion, grading systems should stay in schools because it provides students with information on how well they are doing and their strengths and weaknesses. Whatever reward or punishment you get, you deserve it because at the end of the day, it's how hard you work in school. Thank you.
I had fun with this debate, and thank you for putting up such a great argument.
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Vote Placed by whiteflame 2 years ago
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