The Importance Of Grades In Education

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“Research in cognitive science and developmental psychology reveals that human learning is very complex” (Rediehs). Knowing how a student is performing in school is a valuable asset for instructors, students, and teachers. In the United States we use grading to track the academic progression of students. Grades are important to education and serve many purposes. Grades motivate students, allow us to compare student performance across different institutions or organizations, and motivate students to succeed. Bernard Bull, a writer for Etale, claims that letter grades are effective in the short-term, but in the long term he argues that they can have negative effects such as; diminishing performance by extinguishing intrinsic motivation, crushing …show more content…
However, parents are much more concerned that their children are happy, balanced, independent, fulfilled, productive, self-reliant, responsible, functioning, kind, thoughtful, loving, inquisitive, and confident” (Edwards). Grades serve the current education system by displaying how well a student is doing and how well they are mastering concepts. They are harmful and stressful, “few practices in education are as sacred and yet dele-terious as grading” (Edwards). The current grading system in the U.S. needs changed for the benefit of our society. Today’s youth will be the leaders of tomorrow, we need to ensure that we are educating young people to the best of our abilities. Many experts will agree that there is a problem in our educational system, and the biggest problem tends to be grades. “Traditional grading can discourage development of students and their academic abilities” (Rediehs). The current grading system should be modified to a standards based grading system in order to increase classroom participation, decrease stress, and allow for intrinsic learning to take place in …show more content…
Grades are taking too high of a priority in classrooms; if students were not stressed about getting a good grade then they could focus on a beneficial learning experience. Students want to maintain a high standing among their peers, they are pressured into getting the best grade possible because of the grading system. This is not an adequate reason to be motivated, instead of doing their best students are simply trying to get a better grade than everyone else in the class. Doing well in this system where students are graded based off of their classmates does not mean they have learned, it simply means you did better than the other students. “A system in which students are assigned grades based off of their classmates could mean that all of the students could have done very poorly or very well, but still received the same letter grade” (Guskey). In our current system, students receive points based off of various activities such as quizzes, homework, and exams (Marzano). Learning is amazing, but students are not excited to learn. The education system should be beneficial for students and should no longer have negative effects on students

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