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Would posting students' grades publicly in schools motivate them to perform better?

  • Humiliation - a false presumption

    The european educational system, for example, is one that traditionally didn't even treat this publicity of grades as a problem. I grew up in a system where grades were always made public and the students in a certain clhad a very good idea of who is doing what and how well. This did not lead to mocking and humiliation but in fact to an assortment of certain values and a better knowing of each other. In the end, to mutual respect, since in the process we learned that we all had our minuses and pluses; we in fact learned the lesson of auto this?ernment, of giving up on cultivating and fostering an attitude of self righteousness. Many of us lived the beautiful experience of learning that we can exceed better others by simple means, like altering and correcting learning habits. The core of the problem is: do we treat each person as the center of the universe or is the universe an assembly of persons who, only through a complex and true interaction with the other, reach the fulfillment of their own selves?

  • I agree the public display of grades in schools will definitely encourage the students.

    Public posting of grades will encourage the students to learn better and score higher. Students of higher grades will definitely improve because they would like to stand as an example to their juniors. In smaller age, it is a joy for the students to see their name at the top. However, in all age groups, this will create a good impact and will motivate the students to perform better.

    Posted by: ArelyR
  • The posting of students' grade publicly in schools increases the scope of competition and makes them competitive, to do better.

    When students' grade is posted publicly in schools, it leads to competition among them. When one student sees his counterpart's marks, it leads to rivalry in the field of studies, which is known as "competition." Competition helps to encourage the students to perform better in the further assessments and leads to a bright future. So, posting grades publicly in schools motivates students to perform well.

    Posted by: taiboxer
  • Yes, because posting grades publicly in schools will show their performance to everyone, which will motivate the students to perform better from other who is performing better than that student.

    Posting grades publicly in school will increase the competition in the students as everyone will be seeing their grades and will compare their grades from the other students who might be scoring higher grades. This will motivate the students to perform better and better to come at the top of the grades and feel more confidant from others.

    Posted by: RingJonas
  • By making student's grades public, they are more likely to be motivated to perform better academically.

    No students wants to be embarrassed among their peers because they have bad grades. By posting student's grade in public allows them to be more motivated to perform better. Each student can see their ranks and this will drive competition to get to the top! The more competition, the more likely students are to become more academically hard working and driven.

    Posted by: M4xFace
  • By putting bad grades out students

    are more likely to get embarrassed and to make sure it did not happen again would work to bring their grade up

  • Public accountability would boost performance.

    Learning to be accountable to one's peers and superiors is an important part of personal growth. It will also serve to motivate students by making them subject to judgment from their peers.

    Posted by: M4r5hKai
  • This will increase competition in students.

    If an F- student sees his grades posted right next to a straight A student's grades, he/ she will most likely start competing with that student and this will bring up the grades. In addition, the child will now understand competition and use it throughout his/ her life.

  • actually yeah

    I would normally said no. But back in private school, my 6th grade teacher did that with homeworks. She had a big chart with all of our names and every time we didn't do out homework she would mark a dot next to our name. We became really competitive about that, never saw my classmates trying so hard to get their work done.

  • Probably

    People are inherently competitive, because in nature if you don't compete you die. I think that people would be motivated by knowing exactly where they stand in relation to everyone else, and they would probably be more inclined to try harder if they faced public humiliation for every failure they made.

  • that's embarrassing

    That would be humiliating. I mean what if they had something going on in their life at the time and their grades started to lip a little bit? That does not give you the right to post their grades on the wall of shame and let all of the kids go and be embarrassed of their grades. They could be going through a tragidy at home or something else to cause thew bad grades at school. But for you to go and post them on the wall publicly that's wrong in so many ways. So I offically vote no!

  • Posting grades publicly in schools would be detrimental to many of the students.

    Although many students who do well in school might be encouraged to continue with their progress, the idea that posting all student's grades would improve the grades would not work. Those students who are not doing well are not always the ones who aren't trying, and a child who consistently had poor grades posted - despite their best efforts - would eventually give up, not improve. The idea would really help only the students in the upper grade categories who WEREN'T already trying their best. For the rest, it would result in shame, ridicule, and frustration - hardly the type of environment we are trying to create in our schools. Students who do well are already publicly acknowledged in many places through Honor Roll listings in the local newspapers. This should be enough.

    Posted by: WorldMead
  • No, a student does not need to be publicly humiliated to improve their performance.

    Publicizing a persons grades may improve their performance but it would come at a significant cost. Children may be humiliated and become the subject of ridicule from their peers. This is unnecessary. If this is the tool used to motivate the student, the school and the parents have failed. Performance is a private matter for the student and their family.

    Posted by: R43Shep
  • I do not think that posting students' grades publicly in schools would motivate them to perform better because all students are different and each one would react differently to it.

    Each student thinks differently. So while one student may get motivated to perform better if he gets low grades, another may feel humiliated and embarrassed. She may even commit suicide because of this. Also, all young people are very concerned about fitting in with the group and being accepted. Having their grades made public may fill them with low self esteem and reduce their confidence levels. It may even make them uncomfortable around their peer group. I think posting students' grades publicly in schools would do more harm than good.

    Posted by: danoneeno
  • I believe that posting grades in schools is an invasion of privacy.

    Although it might motivate some students to try to achieve higher grades, I cannot support posting grades in school. I feel that it is an invasion of privacy and is a matter better handled between teachers and parents. Being so publicly embarrassed might drive some children away from school. There are better ways than public humiliation to get a poor student?s attention.

    Posted by: R0d0Ferdy
  • This is not a good idea for the poor performing students who already are doing their best; they don't need further humiliation.

    There would be a number of students who would get their act together and study harder if grades were posted. No one wants their whole world to know they are screw- ups. But for some kids who have learning disabilities such as ADD and dyslexia, they don't need more humiliation. Kids are already sensitive and still developing self-esteem, so this would not be fair for many students.

    Posted by: NettN355
  • Although posting grades may motivate some, it may cause lower self-esteem for others.

    We are all unique. We all have strengths and weaknesses. A student's grades, scores, or progress may or may not be equal and/or comparable to others. Ability and environment effect the rate at which students achieve. Some very bright students may be involved in more extracurricular activities which may effect their achievement rate. Some students may not have the mental ability to achieve as fast as others, or they may have a learning disability. Some students may have parents who exclusively enhance their drive to achieve academically, while others may have parents who believe their children should be well-rounded and choose to offer and expose their children to a variety of activities. Unfortunately, some students may have parents that do not care what they do, which most likely will negatively effect their progress and development. Progress should be discussed on an individual level and should always be initiated with a positive outlook. Each student needs to understand and see that caretakers (teachers, parents, mentors, etc.) truly care about them as individuals, and want to help them achieve to their greatest potential. Teachers must not compare students, but rather understand and celebrate differences, while supporting and providing for a variety of pursuits to enhance development.

  • This would be ridiculous

    Some students are very cruel, if grades were posted everyone would look for the lowest grade and proceed to mock that child.

  • No, posting students' grades publicly in schools would substantially increase performance anxiety, which for many causes poor performance.

    Particularly in minority students, performance can be greatly affected by what they perceive their stereotyped performance expectations are. I read somewhere that on high-stress tests minority students typically perform much worse than white students, whereas on non-high stress tests, they perform equally with white students. Any test where grades will be later posted will create a higher-stress environment than a test where grades are not publicly posted; therefore posting the grades publicly will case minority students to perform worse (and probably white students as well - I know I wouldn't do very well if I was busy worrying about everyone seeing I got a bad grade).

    Posted by: A Paul
  • NO NO NO

    My school in Malaysia was exactly the same.. it not motivated me at all, infact it emberassed me so much, I didnt want to go school. Leading to even worse grades. You dont want your kids to feel victimised. Only bad parenting support stupid motivational methods like this.. GTH


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