Letter-grades fail at giving students specific information about how they are doing in class.
Students don’t need grades. In fact, grades can actually prevent real learning because students come to equate success in school with getting good grades, rather than with increasing their understanding of the subjects being taught and the world around them.
We know this. Not only has this been identified as a problem by educators for decades, but anyone who has ever started school as a curious child. excited by the prospect of learning, only to discover that school is boring, that school makes them hate learning, regardless of whether they get good or bad grades, knows this.
It’s time to end the carrot and stick approach that is grading and begin giving children and their parents real feedback that promotes learning.
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