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.
There are so many results for a single test that does not even evaluate a student’s knowledge accurately. A single bad day could be disastrous to a student’s career, and a day of lucky guessing can float them by another year. Teachers are “graded” on their class’s results, so if a teacher’s class does poorly, that teacher may have an intervention coming. [PP1] Some people have even advocated for teachers’ pay and job security to be based upon the results of testing(“High-Stakes Test Definition”). Schools are given “grades” as well, and funding is based on them.
The growth mindset believes that their potential intelligence comes from learning, while the fixed mindset thinks they only have a certain amount of intelligence. Along with their differences in learning, these students also have a difference in school priorities. The students with the fixed mindset only cared how smart they would appear and turned down opportunities that were critical to their success. Students with the growth mindset thought about their efforts, and when they work harder it will show in their abilities and accomplishments. I agree with this because everyone will react differently to a setback, especially if they already react differently to education.
First off, many students are not good test takers and tend to do poorly on them. It is unfair that a student could be left back because of one bad test grade. Although standard testing may not be the best option for most students there are some benefits. One being that it gives students a glance into the future and how testing never really goes away. In high school students are constantly taking quizzes exams and tests.
success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.” ― Anna Quindlen. Success is something everyone has, to be successful in life, school, or any other thing. I want to be successful in school. The way I could be successful in school is like having a tutor, ask my teacher, study, and use a planner or organizer to be on track. In the story Kewauna’s Ambition by Paul Tough ways she was successful in school she got herself a tutor to help her on her homework.
Adequate Yearly Progress only focuses on if the student is proficient at the time of the testing. This is a disservice to students and teachers because you are doing all this work to take a Standardized test. Standardized testing can create a lot of stress for both educators and students. A student with a 4.0 must pass all four standardized tests in order to graduate. That causes a student a lot of stress with all the hard work they do during the years it seems like a waste when it comes down to a test to graduate it can be very discouraging.
Otto Friedrich’s piece called, “Five Ways to Wisdom” focuses on people and their relationship to education. For example, widely selective majors are linked with the current on-demand jobs and that’s because majority of people are in school just to increase their rate of getting a job (Friedrich, 98). However, the value of education should be appreciated just as it is. In todays world, everything is revolutionizing and people need to develop ones mind to catch up with the changes; it will open doors to various of opinions and builds up ideas to form an decision not based on stereotypes or prejudices, but ideal choices to flourish. More so, this essay symbolizes an educated person as someone who shows rational decision-making that could satisfy both parties, as well as the ability to hear different opinions and just appreciating ideas that comes to a person; since one of those ideas is what created abundance of technologies, architectures, resources …
In doing so, I am unable to find the root of their problems; perhaps they are struggling in an academic class, having emotional difficulties, or do not even know how to study properly. My other leadership weakness, image-consciousness, comes about when I fail to do what is right because I am worried that others will dislike me for it.
English was never my good side; I’ve always been a math and science type of person. I began to ask myself, “why did I decide to take honors?” When I look back on the beginning of that year to the end, my confidence in inferring and just being able to get more out of a story skyrocketed. Without really telling me, Mr. Clayton taught me, in the simplest terms, not to give up. This inability to understand was almost like a learning disability for me and he really made me realize I could overcome anything. His class and him as a person has made me a better reader and I can see it through things that happen in my daily life.
CHAPTER 2 • Cause/s of Failures Students get poor grades involve external factors, like the subject matter is too challenging that makes the students unable to follow in the discussion. The other reasons have to with poor attitudes, like not doing homework dillydallying, and skipping class. Lastly, there are reasons related to personal issues, such as test anxiety and concentrating problems. (Kurtus, 2012) • Student-related Factors • Not Ready for College Students aren’t prepared for post-secondary work and lack foundational skills that hinder to achieve passing grades. Many students don’t learn those skills in grade school and high school, that when they reach college they aren’t ready for the demands of being a college student (“Why Do Students Fail?
Rose describes school as a 'tremendously disorienting place ' and place where you were going to encounter 'notions that don 't fit with the assumptions and beliefs that you grew up with. ' I believe one thing he didn 't understand why it was happening was the curriculum isn 't designed to liberate you but to occupy you. So in short, they thing they were teaching these students isn 't how to become a better student or how to simplify algebraic fractions, it 's how to keep you bust until you met the requirements to graduate. That 's not something you expect from an educator, you expect them to want the best for you, the ones who help you achieve goals. not the ones who are stopping you from seeing you have goals.
It stresses all of us out, making us worry about our grades, slowly losing our sanity. But the real question is, will we really get smarter? Smarter Balanced is basically a normal summative assessment that goes over everything we’ve learned so far. What makes it better than our regular assessments we have in school? The company of Smarter Balanced states, “Smarter Balanced is designed to measure whether underlying concepts have been taught and learned, rather than reflecting mostly test-taking skills.” SBAC is one way of making sure that we know these skills before we move on to the following grade.
We are in a time where people are not judged for who they are or what they can do, instead they are judged by a test; a test in which irrelevant information is regurgitated. It also seems that these tests supposedly determine one’s success in college or in the future. It is almost impossible to predict human behavior since it’s subject to change, so why are students told based on the results of a test, whether they will or will not succeed in college and/or to what degree? Over 650 million tests are given throughout the US every year. It is a waste of time and one’s potential.
Education across America is unequal; there are students who have the resources, opportunities, and teachers by their side to succeed. On the other hand, there are also students who don’t have the teachers that care or the resources that will help them excel. Inevitably, they are doomed to limited opportunities and hope from higher institutions. Colleges and universities that are too meticulous on SAT and ACT scores, are forgetting that a student’s GPA, and the course load they took on, and the awards and recognition they’ve received, says more about them than their SAT or ACT score. Four years of hard work in high school, speaks more volumes than a four hour
Although the argument supporting standardized testing as an effective measure of students’ performance and teachers’ effectiveness in content delivery cannot be disqualified in absolute terms, it can be dismissed on the ground that it hinders students’ curiosity, creativity, and motivation for learning. The fact that most of the countries which outperform the U.S. on international examination only test their students thrice in the course of their education makes a wakening call to education policy makers to initiate massive overhaul in the U.S. education system/curriculum. These changes would reduce the pressure on both teachers and students and ensure equitable resource allocation to all public schools in the