I think that students should NOT be graded based on behavior since some students with behavior problems can have real potential but if their grade gets crushed because they act out then their chances of going to college and doing what they are passionate about are lowered by a pretty big percentage. Also, it is most likely the teachers fault as well since it is highly unusual that a student will lash out with no instagation.
I think children should be graded on behaviour because in the real world, it isn't just grades that will get you through but how you treat others, and how behave around them. When a teacher notices a child is having problems with school, the teacher does their best to help the student succeed. So if a child has behaviour issues, the teacher will thy their best to help the student out, or at least get the student to control himself a bit more. In doing so, it is giving both sides of education (teachers and students) a challenge.
And I do see your point there but that is what guidance counselors are for. Students should recieve an academic grade for their school work. It makes no sense what so ever to give a student a grade based on their behavior. Instead of pentalizing them for being bad we should reward them for being good and lowering their grade because they have behavior problems is Just unacceptable. Students like that need to talk to a guidance conselor for help.
Great point about the guidance councillors. However most student's keep to themselves, they are to worried to share their problems with others if they had the choice. But if they were graded on behaviour, they would try harder, and the teachers would help them out. Because of this, they may have trouble in their lives just because when they were students they were to scared to go to the guidance councillor. Now they don't have a choice, they will be helped in a polite friendly way, without having to come clean with their emotions. This way they are not scared, and they are still improving their behaviour.
Students may be scared, but forcing them and putting even more pressure on them to do better will not solve anything. Its just another way of trying to control them and morph them into "perfect children" when in reality no one is perfect and we need to understand that. Everyone lashes out from time to time and punishing them for it will get them even more mad at you then they were before. Its a vicious cycle.