In Kurt Wiesenfeld’s article “Making the Grade”, he address the issue that students want a higher grade than they deserve. He goes on to prove this be by giving examples of previous students that he has had and what can happen when students get the grades that they want and not what they deserve. In Wiesenfeld’s article he states that about ten percent of students that take his class do not care about their grades until final grades are over. “You might groan and moan, but you accepted it as the outcome of your efforts or lack thereof,” Wiesenfeld stated.
A recent study released by Pearson that questioned over 400,000 students in grades 6-12 shows that only “48% of students think their teachers care about them…and only 45% of students think teachers care if they are absent from school” (Hare, 2015). This shocking statistic demonstrates what American students think about their teachers. Most students are under the impression that their teachers don’t care about them. When teachers don’t care about their students and allow them to fail, many students with unrealized potential give up on education. Mike Rose’s “I Just Wanna Be Average” describes his journey through high school on the vocational track after the results of his “tests got confused with those of another student named Rose” (Rose, 1989, p. 2).
Machines grading seems like a good idea but lots of things can go wrong. Standardized tests are bringing down the education system in America. America’s ranking for education in the world down by about 15 notches. Big tests like these don’t leave a lot of room for learning about other subjects that are just as important as the ones on the test. Standardized tests are not able to measure all the aspects of what is being taught at school across the nation.
Cassie Davis, a former student at Highland High School in Nunn, Colarado, worked herself strenuously in order to achieve academic excellence. She took every AP and Honors class she could, and in her senior year, while the others students began to relax as the result of their college applications being finished, she hit the books and continued to take classes at the University of Northern Colorado. However, she was punished for her diligence, as her school’s grading system discounted her college credits, and she lost her valedictorian status to a kid who had not taken difficult college courses. She found that she had been cheated, punished for choosing to challenge herself and learn more.
Since the parents believe their children are passing, they don’t take an interest in their child’s studies. They allow the child to spend little time on homework and more time on other activities, such as watching television. When a child comes home with an F, then the parents will take notice. Only then will parents take an active role in their child’s education, instead of letting the schools do it all. The schools are failing the students by giving them passing grades they don’t deserve.
Farber believes that the grades create phony motivation and students only want to please the teachers. According to Farber, students only retain the material until they are graded on it. No longer having a grading system would leave students having no drive in school. Schools would no longer have a basic form of ranking the students and see how well they are doing. Students would no longer want to see the point in striving to be the best when everyone is ranked the same.
Imagine your school switches to a different grading system and you have to do a long term project and present it instead of quizzes, test, and class work. Some schools are switching to the long term project grading instead of traditional grading. The long term grading makes it easier for teachers but, harder for the students. The students would have to work diligently all semester to get it done, and they would have to do it for each of their classes and then present it. Traditional grading is better than long-term project grading because you won't have as much work to do at once, you will be tested on the latest information, and your grade is based on everything in the class.
This is a benefit that would significantly help the students. Without it students may be struggling with a topic and the teachers are not even aware. By looking at the scores and talking with the previous teachers they can determine what might be the best way to teach the students. This leads to the next benefit, teachers can begin a new year knowing how much each student already knows. Knowing where each student lies is beneficial because the teacher is then able to focus
When considering the choice of paying students for good grades and not paying students for good grades, the choice should definitely be, students should not be paid for good grades. Paying students for good grades may start off their youth incorrectly. Instead of focusing on getting an education, the reward of money is likely to block their priorities. Students will be angry when not given the money, and not being able to raise test scores or grades. In order for a bright and successful future, students should not be paid for good
Allowing students to evaluate their teachers, will give teachers an incentive to improve on their teaching skills. If teachers know that they are going to be evaluated by their students, they will begin to work twice as hard due to the incentives given to them. For example, a teacher who is lazy and enthusiastic about their job will come to the realization that if they don’t step up their game, they can be terminated and replaced. Essentially, this will lead to students receiving a higher quality of education. As a result,
Most teachers I have spoken to in relation to this new rule, have given me unsatisfactory feedback towards the subject and have confirmed their own unhappiness. A school must have rules and systems that satisfy all of its members, if the school was working fine before, I honestly do not understand why this new system was implemented. Because it was clearly not made for the benefit of the students. I also understand that teachers do not appreciate the extra work of creating quizzes everyday and having to grade them everyday. Not only that, but if their students do not receive good grades on their quizzes, their grades will drop eventually.
In this case, progress and goals can be set from grades to reflect and analyze how someone is doing as a student in the school system no matter where they attend that uses grades. By all means, grades will always be required and used without them school systems would fail and would probably cause more laws lifting the restrictions of school making it okay to remove students from a school as long as they have basic knowledge and skills to work a full time job five days a week instead of a gradeless pointless schooling system that requires five days a week. Therefore, progress and goals are main key points of grades in today’s world for every student and to ask, how would you change or remove grades for your future child or relative attending school and
Homework becomes very unpopular with the students. This is because homework is perceived by students to have taken their time away from school. Homework is also considered to stress students. Many of the teachers consider homework is very important given to students.
Paying Students for Good Grades. In school, students get an treat for a well done job. In society, adults get paid for doing their part. Today, student get paid for good grade. Paying student for good grades is an issue because it doesn't do any motives in learning, only trying.