The Grading System: Completely Necessary Grades are an important part of the school system. Grades set the extraordinary students apart from the ordinary ones. In Jerry Farber’s essay, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Grading System,” he argues that grades are the only motivation students have in school. Farber even calls it “phony motivation.” He argues that students do not actually learn anything. Farber also argues that I disagree with Farber’s viewpoint on the grading system and the effect on students.
The students’ cultural/socioeconomic status, previous academic achievements, evaluations received from the welfare agencies or psychological clinics are some elements that can cause a teacher to make a set of expectations leading to materialize those expectations/labels (Nygard, 2011). As McDermitt (1993, p. 269) asserts, “labeling is believed detrimental to self-esteem.” Mutie and Ndambuki (1999) argue that pre-adulthood is the significant time of growing self-esteem. People with high self-esteem perform academically well. The positive and negative outlooks towards “self” signify the success and failure (Bandura et al., 1982, cited in Mwania & Muola, 2013). That is why the negative labels seem to play a
According to Alison Bell from Lexile Measure, she says “You begin to question not only your capabilities but how much you care.” Alison Bell has a good point, you can’t just force kids to take tests and be alright with it. They actually need to be motivated and that starts from home. “Some students cheat just for fun to see if they can get away with it, but most cheat because they do not have time to study and and are in time-crunch” says Christine Probett a managing professor at San Diego University. This shows how students cheat because they do not care about their grades. Their guardians or whoever they live with needs to help them be an educated person so that they could have a bright future.
For this reason, educators and administrators must take into account how economic factors influence a student’s performance on standardized tests. Usually, economically disadvantaged students average lower scores on standardized examinations regardless of the subject matter. For reasons beyond their control, children from low socioeconomic levels face an increased risk of failing standardized tests. Such failure could have devastating effects for students, families, the school system, and society at large because eventually, the students may be dropping out of school. In a public system using standardized tests, it is imperative to acknowledge that socioeconomic status affects grades and take action to ensure the success of all students regardless of economic
Criticism is the inspection and judgment of the merits and demerits of a work. Criticism never seems good and there is nothing pleasant about it. Even the critique having best intentions still stings. All of us like to be right, accomplished and correct and when we are not, it still hurts to hear the truth, no matter how nice others critic tries to be. But if you are one of those who struggle to improve themselves, you will value the direct feedback no matter how uncomfortable and painful it is.
Class ranking is a mathematical summary of a student’s academic record compared to those of other students in the class. It usually considers both the degree of difficulty of the courses a student is taking (AP, honors, college-preparatory or regular courses) and the grade the student earns. The selection of courses and grades are converted to an overall grade point average (GPA), and the higher the grade point average, the higher the student’s class ranking. Most small private and competitive high schools have stopped recording class rank because they feel it penalizes many outstanding students who are pushed out of the top ten percent of the class and then overlooked by elite colleges. Although most public high schools still rank students,
As a result, the money from parents increase student’s GPA. Sometimes parents of students pay for children’s grades. Accordingly, if their children get bad grades on all the tests, the students still could get good grades for the class. This issue is a highly controversial topic. Although paying for grades increases a student’s GPA, it actually gives students a negative consequence.
If this is ignored, more and more students will drop out of school, less people will graduate, and test scores will significantly drop. Keep this in mind: paying students for good grades will provide students with a motivation to work hard. They will then learn the value of hard work. This will help shape them into amazing, successful human beings. One of these students could even turn out to be the next Einstein, or Rosa Parks.
If there is a restriction on technology and schools for all grades than maybe cheating will fade away in schools. Study shows that one reason why students cheat is because they feel as if they almost have to because of their peers. In their article, “Source Is Important When Developing A Social Norms Campaign to Combat Academic Dishonesty”, Jennifer N. Engler and Joshua D. Landau maintains that “By this account, students cheat because they believe that their peers
The students may believe that it hurts their grades because extracurriculars take up potential study and homework time. Next we asked on if the students who are involved in extracurriculars are forced to have good grades in order to participate. 49% of males and 46% of females say yes to this question . 36% of both female and male state no. 18% of male and 17% of female did not answer this question.
The students in my school are not free from oppression because the community they live in tells them that they do not need a high school diploma to be successful and that college is definitely out of reach. In schools, Tatum (2013) expresses that the impact of racism begins at an early age and “we are exposed to misinformation about people different from ourselves” (p. 65). This information is often engrained in student’s heads and some students of color internalize these differences and begin to believe it to be true. It is my belief that this false sense of self is often created not only in society but also in schools and students begin to perform the way they are expected to