Would you be happy if you had received an A in your class? Do you feel that you truly learned enough to deserve that perfect A? Students who are in either high school or college are forgetting the true meaning of having knowledge and being able to learn. People think that how well they perform in the classroom will justify how well the teacher teaches their students but necessary that might not always be that way. In Brent Staples piece, “Why Colleges Shower their Students with A’s”, he argues that there must be an end to the grade Inflation and continues by examining for a possible solution by using language techniques to emphasize the main point.
One of Pope’s claims was that students don 't want to be competitive. In my opinion I think students want to be competitive. When we check our grades in class, I always see people comparing who has a higher grade. I have done that myself. Students are very competitive with grades and other activities too.
This has been cemented into the brains of every school boy and girl from early on and yet still, it has become prevalent to relinquish ones desire to be educated so one may conform to the habits of the culture around them. The corruption of mankind is the concept that being intelligent makes you arrogant and off-putting when in reality, becoming literate and informed can open more doors and present more opportunities than every before! In Gerald Graff’s, “Disliking Books”, Graff describes his academic and intellectual upcoming through his experience from literature in school. Despite his environment and the culture around him, Graff found clarity in class discussion and fascination in literature. Slowly, with the guidance of his father and his personal drive to rise above the conformity around him, Graff was able to overcome the corruption around him and find new meaning in being knowledgeable; proving to the world and himself that with the right mindset and determination, you can rise Per aspera ad astra (from the mud to the
Rags to riches, which means you might be the rag and at the bottom while you are in school, but if you learn something in school and work hard you while eventually be on the rich side of things. As you can see Vogel wrote the article to get across to people that their something needs to be done differently with our school systems. So that students will challenge themselves in school, learn the material and still manage to get the good
Therefore, studies show that grades serve as being a positive incentive in the lives of students. Students are motivated by the incentive of receiving a good grade before handing in any assignment or while writing a test. Grades are so powerful that they judge a student’s standpoint academically and function as whether or not a student can get scholarship. A questionnaire done by Emil Stan for International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology, concluded that 60% teachers said that students were motivated by grades so that they learn. Whereas, 38% [of teachers] said no students are not motivated by grades and the other 2% had answers such as often no and sometimes yes (Educational Leadership: New Roles, New Relationships: Where).
In "America Needs Its Nerds" the author Leonid Fridman develops his argument by stating how the nerds feel when they are made fun of by others, how America has created stereotypes and how people look over them for the "cool kids." Many students take pride in their education. They also try to keep their grades up because academic achievement is important. Students who study hard and work hard do not like to admit to others how much they study/work. The author states, "Many students are ashamed to admit, even to their friends, how much they study."
Today, so many adolescents are constantly stressed about their grades. Students believe that the only road to success is by straight A’s and extracurricular activities that appeal to colleges. Although these are important factors in the college acceptance process, students are forgetting how to love learning, and maintain the knowledge gained. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes’ claim that liberal education is the development of a student’s capacity to appreciate what they have learned is a strong concept that has been lost in the college process. A liberal education is a holistic approach to teaching; educators are focused on the student across all disciplines rather than a students one interest, and they encourage students to reach outside
In the academic world, students are pressured to receive good grades but have a higher chance of increasing stress upon themselves. As being a college student, grades are important, but there are other reasons why students are pressured to receive good grades. First, parents play a role in their child education and set high expectations which leads to the student fulfilling those expectations. Secondly, students who choose a major that have higher requirements to meet their degree plan. Last, students who frequently make education as their only priority which leads to giving up their hobbies or socializing with friends and family.
The motivational critique of traditional classroom organisation holds that the competitive grading and informal reward system of the classroom creates peer norms opposing academic efforts (Coleman, 1961). Since one student's success decreases the chances that others will succeed, students are likely to prompt norms that high achievement is for "nerds" or teachers' pets. Such work restriction norms are familiar in industry, where the "rate buster" is scorned by his or her fellow workers (Vroom, 1969). However, by having students work together toward a common goal, they may be motivated to express norms favouring academic achievement, to reinforce each other for academic efforts. Thus, motivational theorists build group rewards into their co-operative learning methods.
To students, sitting in such classes is very boring (Chaudhari, 2017). Another set of students say that they pay for the classes and they are the ones to decide which class to attend and not. Students believe that they are capable of gaining more knowledge even without going to classes. A study conducted recently reports that effort and intelligence are more important for grades and not the attendance. Students agree to this statement made as they feel that their focus and determination can get them high grades.