Importance Of Letter Grades

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Letter grades existed long before we are born. According to Mark W. Durm, “1883—At Harvard there is a reference to a student making a B. This apparently was the first use of a letter for a grade that can be found” (1). There are many great leaders attended schools and received letter grades; even our grand parents might have received letter grades in their life. Many people attended school and grew up with grades and every one of us is very familiar with grades. We fought for good grades to get into different programs and honor rolls. If we ban letter grades and disburse report cards with comments, students and parents will be confused what they are actually receiving. Each letter represent students’ performances in school and allow them to …show more content…
Some majors such as nursing, computer engineering, and science required a certain grade point average (GPA) or better to enter the program. For nursing, the minimum GPA required is 3.0 and no grade below C is accepted; not even C-. Students compete against each other and memories huge amount of information to pass tests and labs to achieve a career that will pay them high salaries. Grades are important because without grade, what standards are we going to use to get people into programs? If we allow people who are not doing so good but they got into the program without prerequisites they might not be able to handle all the class works and treat patients with the improper way. We need nurses with high GPA because they are all at the same level and they will be able to handle patients with professionalism. According to the news by Raffy Afarian and Brian H Kleiner, “Those with GPA 's 2.0 to 2.49 earned an annual salary of $28,622. Those with GPA 's 2.5 to 2.99 earned an annual salary of $30,019. Finally, those with GPA 's 3.0 and above earned an annual salary of $31,243”. This data is back in 1997 and the amount of money we earn is much higher now. However, you can still see the differences between earnings of people with lower GPA compare to people with higher GPA. Because the students have good grades and got into the program, they already going to receive good salaries after they graduate salary because not every one can …show more content…
of Microsoft Corporation. He has been the wealthiest person on the planet for four years running and he is a Harvard University dropout” (Afrarian and Kleiner). However, Bill Gates was able to attend Harvard University; which means he did receive good grades in order for Harvard University to accept him. Furthermore, he is a very intelligent man who has his own company and develops great technologies that everyone uses today. No everyone who drops out of college or high school can have a good outcome. If everyone who drop out of school and become millionaires then we will not have any homeless people on the streets. Furthermore, if we ban letter grades that does not mean students don’t need to study. If students do not study and they are evaluated based on their performances, they will still be bad. Some people think that if we ban letter grades students will get more time to rest. However, banning letter grades does not mean that students are free from home works and tests. Plus, if they are given report cards based on their performance, it can have unfair results because teachers can give whatever comments they want. If the students are nice to teachers then they can have good comments such as “average” or “above average”. This is unfair for students who are shy and quiet because they can be very smart and just receive an “average” or “below average”. Letter grade is a fair way to grade students because they

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