Grade Inflation In Schools

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Over the course of the past two weeks we have studied the concept of grade inflation. Grade inflation is a malpractice where students receive higher grades than they should garner for the sole purpose of maintaining the academic prominence of an institution. For example, a professor evaluating a student on their effort rather than knowledge of the material. Another rationale for inflating grades is a variety of colleges and Universities compete for students, by promoting a reputation for graduating students of a higher caliber than students at other schools. I suspect that grade inflation is a consequence of societal norms imposed on students today. From a young age, we are taught something that remains ingrained in us for the rest of our lives,…show more content…
Being taught this at such a young, impressionable age is one of the fundamental causes as to why we view failure so negatively. Nevertheless, we should view failure as an opportunity for an individual to receive feedback on what they did well, and aspects that can be improved. In my opinion when society tells a student to be frightful of failure that we inhibit their growth as an individual. Early with students who exhibit a continuous habit of failure tend to be alienated from their peers. A majority of parents believe their child 's report card is indicative of academic achievement in class, however, due to the grade inflation crisis that hinders a multitude of schools today, I believe using a student’s grade should not be a measure of a student’s success. In the web clip “Our Schools Teach to Fail” by Keith Peters, he denounces the context of how we as a society regard failure. “Failure is not something that is final, it needs to be regarded as an opportunity to improve.” Peters goes on to state failure is synonymous with education and gives an example of Dr. Edward Berger, who basis five percent of a student’s final grade on how well they evaluate their failures and move forward on them. This promotes courage and enhances the creativity of a student’s performance. When further studied, failure is a beneficial, constructive, and an essential part of learning. Failure is a master…show more content…
We tell children they are all champions due to the fact that they went out and attempted to do something, in continuing this practice we are plaguing younger generations with this sense of entitlement. In the CNN article “Does sports participation deserve a trophy,” NFL linebacker James Harrison makes his two sons return their league awarded participation trophies. He vocalized the fact they did not actually earn them, rather received it through a sportsmanship initiative. I agree with the stance he takes on the situation due to the fact, that as a society, we need to create a uniform policy about failure. We should not tell a student it’s wrong in one aspect, then proceed to praise them for something they have not truly earned. Trying our best will never guarantee we receive the dream job, the promotion or even the gleeful marriage. We understand through painful experiences that often our best is just not enough to obtain what we envision we

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