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macev6309
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Will posting students" grades on bulletin boards publicly motivate them to perform better or is it h

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Started: 4/19/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 7 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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avery1994

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Posting student's grades on the bulletin will not motivate the student to do better. We live in an era where kids can be very mean to their peers. Kids finding out their peers grades can put a kid in a bad spot. The kids classmates can make the kid feel stupid by not having an high score as the others. This can bring down a kids self of esteem. I ask this why would you want to put a kid through that and make him feel like he not on the same level as his or her peers. School is meant to educate the kid and uplift them not put them down. Having grades posted on the bulletin can make the kid not want to attend school because he feels he can not get the high grades his classmates has. Every kid is intelligent but the thing is kids accelerate at different paces. Having grades posted on the bulletin for all to see can stop his growth. It is so many bad things in the world that can deter a child from attending school we should make sure school is not one of them. An article i saw that was written by Gene Beresin said "Grades are a blessing and a curse. Most students still rest their self-esteem on the grades they get no matter what parents or teachers say about how important it is "doing your best" or "trying your hardest." I am not in favor of publicly posting grades for a number of reasons: If we are really trying to teach kids to learn, to work hard, and to understand the material, grades may not reflect what the student knows or his/her capabilities. This may be because of the way a teacher grades (e.g., some refuse to give A's; some grade on a curve; some make certain tests impossible and let kids know they may throw out the worst grade). It also may be that some kids are just not good test takers. Some have learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder. Some have very high anxiety in testing situations." This article shows that posting grades on the bulletin is not a good idea and there is many variables into why a kid did not do well on a certain test. The public announcing of grades only increases pressure on kids and fuels academic competition. Many kids are already highly competitive. This is part of being in a social milieu in school, and also a function of personality. We should not foster more of this. There are many ways to increase incentives for academic achievement and healthy competition, such as prizes for the best work in a subject among other rewards.Many kids already talk about grades, and ask each other: "What did you get on the science exam?" or "How did you do on that math quiz?" After tests and papers many kids are already buzzing about who did well and who did not. In this way, if a child wishes to disclose how he or she did, fine. If not, it should be kept private. In my own personal experience my elementary school posted the grades for the math test when i was in 8th grade. I saw everyone with 80s and 90s. Then i looked for my name and i got a 70. All my classmates were saying how easy it was and i felt dumb and not on the same level as my classmates. Every test i had after i was more nervous because i knew everyone would see my grade and i did not want to be made fun of. This feeling of being not as good as the others is a bad feeling that i feel no kid should go through.
macev6309

Con

I believe that if students grades were posted on bulletin boards it will motivate the student to do better. A student is responsible for his/ her grades and has to accept it and work harder if they got a bad grade. Students must learn to deal with negative things in order to identify their positive skills.
Debate Round No. 1
avery1994

Pro

If you have a son or daughter and they come home crying because they didnt get high grades like their classmates will you feel bad i know i would. Especially if you can stop it from happening. In this world children go through so much in the world this issue should not be an added stress on their life.
macev6309

Con

It will teach students to compete and excel which can be beneficial for their future when it comes to attaining goals or a job. The student can also know where they actually stand at in the class and be motivated to succeed and do better. Slacking students will learn to not be lazy and do better.
Debate Round No. 2
avery1994

Pro

Kids are already competitive due to sports and society. Tests should not be another competition because students learn and excel at different times. Being bullied for having low grades can hurt the child's confidence. In school we should build up the child's confidence not break it down because we want to publish everyone grades.
macev6309

Con

If the grades were posted on bulletin boards students who fail can avoid failing again because of the embarrassment of failing. By not posting grades students who do poorly will probably continue to do poorly because they don't care. If their grades were posted they will work harder next time to avoid being ridiculed by peers or feeling like they are a failure.
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