April 18th, 2014
Students these days have a lot of stress, most of it is because of grades. Grades are often meaningless and unrealistic. People sometimes can get judged because of what grade they have in a certain class, which adds more stress for the student. There are better ways for a teacher to grade a student, maybe the teacher can make the student grade themselves. Grades are not necessary because it causes more stress for the student.
According to thinkonline. smarttutor.com, grades are often “subjective, meaningless, and restrictive.” Grades only give students more stress. Parents want their children to have good grades so they can say that their son or daughter is smart. What if we are failing a class because we are not interested in it? Most parents only care about the letter grade, if we stop using letter grades and give students grades like “Exceeding” or “Meeting” then there will be less stress for the student and the parents would not care about the letter grade anymore.
According to lsses.org, there are different ways to grade a student’s work, we can have self assessed learning goals for the student. Setting goals can help the student a lot when he grows up so teachers should start making the student set goals for themselves to achieve. Another alternative way of grading is portfolios, it’s a great way to document the student’s growth throughout the year. If we use portfolios, then the parents of the students will not care about the grade their student is getting, but how much he or she grew throughout the year.
Another reason that grades are not necessary is that it doesn’t help the student. If the student just sees his or hers grade and nothing that could help the student next project or next test, then the student did not learn anything from getting that bad grade. If a school does not want to stop letter grades, then the teachers should atleast give them a grade and tell them why they got the grade so the student can learn from their mistakes. Some people might say that giving a letter grade is the fastest way, and that might be true, but letter grades will not help the student in his future. Portfolios and self goals will help the student become a more successful person in the future because he or she knows how to make self goals and portfolios.
Letter grades will only give the student more stress, from their parents, their friends, and their school. If we stop giving letter grades, then the student would not have a lot of stress and the work will be better. Portfolios are a great way to grade because it doesn’t give the student stress and you can use that to see the students growth throughout the year. I know that using portfolios might take more work than the usual letter grade, I know that it might be more work but would a teacher want a student to be stressed about his grade because of a letter grade or learn some useful things for the future because of using portfolios?
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