In response to the 8/18/15 post, “Pass / Fail,” a LYS Assistant Superintendent (and one of the really big brains in education today) writes:
Amen and AMEN!! Grading could very well be the greatest obstacle to innovative teaching and deep, meaningful learning.
SC Response I cannot agree more. The amazing thing to me is that when pressed, educators will admit the grades:
1. Do not motivate most students.
2. Do not accurately measure the level of student content knowledge.
3. Have no inter-rater reliability.
4. Are more subjective, than objective.
5. Are (much more often than we want to admit) used a weapon.
And on and on. And the reason we continue to engage in this practice usually falls into three categories:
A. We’ve always done it this way.
B. Parents want it this way.
C. We don’t know what else to do.
I can sum up my feelings about this situation in one word… Sad.
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