The Problem with Grades

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Published on March 7, 2014

Author: Sefferinna



What are grades and why is there a problem?

The Problem with Grades… How you are graded. The reality behind the shiny façade…

Ideally, what are grades for?  Grades are meant for you to know where you stand at a certain time. They are not the ultimate truth about your capacities. They are just an indication for you, a signpost, so that you know if you have studied enough or not, if you have mastered a skill or not.  Grades are also meant for the teachers to tell if you have understood and mastered the material, and if there is something they need to address in class.  There should be no drama about bad grades, nor should there be excessive happiness about good grades. Grades are what they are.  You are not given a grade, you earn a grade!

The Reality…  Grades are used by university administration to classify your     instructors into more or less comfortable employees. Good grades = good employees, bad grades = bad employees. Grades are a way for instructors to deal with their frustration. Grades are inflated (artificially increased, you are being helped up) for various purposes among which university prestige and, therefore, higher numbers of applying students = more clients! Grades are used to select a bunch of brainless memorizers as honour students. They will be set as examples for everyone to follow. Grades are used to determine how much time you spend at university and how much money will be taken from you. They are not used to take into account your rhythm of learning.

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