Editorials and Opinions

Balance the grading equation

By Denebola
Published: December 2007

By Anonymous

Everyday students trudge to school having worked hard
all night in order to complete the last tedious
homework assignment or project.Somehow though, no matter how hard students work,
there is the inevitable teacher that does not give
A’s. If students complete all the work expected of
them and are performing at the “top” of the class, why
should this effort not merit an A?
The stark differences between various teachers
teaching the same course are no secret. While the
grade one receives is all that shows up on your report
card, the difficulty of the class or the fact that
hours were spent every night working hard on problem
sets or notes is disregarded.
If a student is unlucky enough to be placed with an
“impossible” teacher that everyone dreads, why should
they be judged on an equal scale with someone who is
in a much easier class?
Students also do not have the power to switch into
classes of an equivalent level with a different
teacher. In this case, the student is not trying to
take the easy way out or attempting to drop down. He
or she is simply attempting to ensure that their
success during the school year is not dependent
unreasonable goals that their teachers expect them to
Teachers tell us that by opting to take a certain
class, we assume responsibility for the work load and
stress that goes along with it.
When a teacher is making it practically impossible to
obtain a good grade though, one has to question the
significance of this decision. If a teacher is trying
to motivate a student to strive to achieve better, why
not praise his or her work?
People, when praised and appreciated, tend to work
harder for not only the teacher, but for themselves.
Confidence is built up and they have the power to
control their learning. Teachers attempt to tell
students that they should be working hard to learn and
not to receive an easy A. They say that grades do not
matter. Ultimately, though, it is undeniable that
grades affect our lives.
Of course if you get a C+ one term in English, your
life will not be over. If you are not getting the
grades you deserve, however, it will affect you in the
long run. Also, if grades really do not matter, why is
it that teachers often use bad grades to motivate
students to achieve better?
High school students have enough pressure and getting
bad, unwarranted grades does not help boost the
already deflated sense of self-confidence.

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