If students have a high GPA, it will help them with life skills in the future. A certain life skill might be organization. Being organized helps you find all the things you need for a job or
Education is a long-term investment. We, as students, work hard to acquire knowledge and to hone our skills so that we may use them one day. The effort we put into a single assignment should be considered as both for that specific assignment and for our rounding as complete, educated individuals. And with this mindset, students should be motivated even more to put more effort and hard work into academics, with the goal of bettering themselves for the future and advancing their prospects as individuals. And with this hard work and effort will come progress, and this progress should be reflected in the grading—not necessarily on individual assignments, but on the student’s education as a
It's June, and another graduating class is hoping, among other things, to achieve high grades. Of course, "high" is a subjective target. Originally a "C" meant average; today however, the expectations and pressures to give and receive "A's" and "B's" takes its toll on teachers and students alike. This nullifies the value of the traditional grading scale and creates a host of entirely new problems. The widespread occurrence of grade inflation seriously affects the credibility of secondary and post-secondary education in America.
Grade inflation and the state of student’s GPA average are being raising questions about American colleges and universities standards. Grades, given to students, have always been and will always part of the education system. Even though grades shouldn’t be the motive that student have. Grades do have an important purpose and it is to measure how well a student has proven his/her comprehension of course material. Grades are not the only thing that tells the whole story. Larger lecture courses with “a letter grade often fails to account for the intangibles” (The Chronical Jan,2015) such as a student’s progress with intelligence. Grades are not a positive measurement between what student can produce and the good that is. Yet students are potentiality venerable by grade inflation. As extremely high grades are progressively expected, GPAs will eventually become an ungraspable number placed on a
Schools try hard to make sure students succeed in school to but for those who just can’t meet the guidelines for their school, they get tossed into the lower classes. That’s because the schools don’t take the time to learn about what the student can do, they only focus on what the student can’t do. Part of the reason that schools don’t do that is because schools often make money when most of their students gets all passing or get a certain grade. “grades tend to lessen student’s interest in learning, grades create a preference for the easiest possible task and grades tend to reduce the student’s quality of thinking.”
Many people may think GPA is important as it does define so much in a college setting. While some programs need a set GPA to come into them, and other programs course context make it hard to maintain a high GPA.
In today’s education system, grades and getting accepted into that top University and College is what matters to the majority of students. Kohn’s “How not to get into College: The Preoccupation with Preparation” suggests that grades are what controls every student’s life and that nothing else matters. Pressure rises exponentially to get above that cut off mark and squeezing every point to get a higher GPA is definitely reality.
“Google’s internal research into hiring and success is that academic track records don’t really matter”(Nisen). Do grades really matter? Some say they don’t, in recent studies that has been the question. Some say that grades are important and will affect you in your future, others say that they're okay but aren’t necessary, and even further some say that grades will not affect your job in the future or how you perform as a person. Schumacher says, “I think that by caring too much about grades, most students are missing the point of education”. Sometimes it's not about getting the good grade, but it’s about understanding the information covered.
Today, millions of students describe school as too hard, too stressful, and too much. While that may be true, school is benefiting these kids more than they realize. Kids who desire to succeed in life strive for exceptional grades, while others who do not have much say about their future are subtle with failing a class. Getting an A in a class does not define someone's ability to learn, their intuition, or their ingenuity, but it shows their determination. That is the determination that will get them somewhere far in life. But if everyone received an A in a class, does that mean they will all go somewhere far too? If we used a pass-or-fail grading system within our school, we would never know, as it would not show students full potential and their ability to try. Instead, it would result in a lack of competitiveness and it would not provide an accurate representation of performance level and knowledge, therefore I believe we should stick to our regular A, B, C, D, or F letter grades.
I was writing for a grade — I was no longer exploring for me. I want to get that back. Will I ever get that back?” This came out of the mouth of a girl student many years back, and I am almost sure you can relate as well. Why is it that we spend hours doing homework just because we need a good grade and not because we are interested or find it as fun? Well that is because all the fun in school has been taken and now is replaced with pointless activities to keep us busy. Furthermore, when students perform for points or letters, they lose interest in learning. Although, I agree that students should spend time studying and completing assignments in order to help them learn, I do not believe a student should be put on a scale. A scale such as class rank only lowers students self of steam telling them “they aren’t good enough” or “they are not smart”. In addition, that to me is ridiculous. A student should never feel less than the person should sitting next to them but equal. Alfie Kohn author of The Schools Our Children Deserve stated “To put it positively, students who are lucky enough to be in schools (or classrooms) where they don’t get letter or number grades are more likely to want to continue exploring whatever they’re learning, more likely to want to challenge themselves, and more likely to think deeply. The evidence on all of these effects is very clear, and it seems to apply to students of all ages.”(Ellis) Which many educators and parents also have seemed to agree. We are all in school to do one thing which is learn, not be disappointed in
In the “Novice as Expert”, Nancy Somme’s and Laura Saltz argue that many students continue to rely on the “high school idea that academic success is reflected in good grades.” I will admit that I was that student at the beginning of the semester. Due to that way of thinking, my grades were never as high as they should have been. For the past few weeks, that way of thinking has changed. I have learned to enjoy
Some may say that students are just smarter (Primack 79). However, as a knowledge base increases, the grading scale should expand slightly to fit it. Meaning that even if students are smarter, course work will become tougher to challenge those students (Harding 21). The grading scale will only “shift” so to speak to include the increase in knowledge. For example, when I finished middle school, I transferred to an Early College. I had heard it would be difficult, but I had no clue just how hard it would be. My entire life up to that point had been full of successes and most importantly, grades that never dropped below an A. Before Early College, I had never had to study for a test, or really even do my homework to the best of my ability. On the first test, I made an 80. I was shocked. After talking to my principal, I realized that in middle school, trying wasn’t needed to get a good grade. But at Early College, I had to put forth the effort to get the grade I wanted. Material was harder and
Academics are one of the most important aspects of a life. With good grades, students are able to get into colleges and
Trying to maintain good grades is very important when in school. Having grades like “A’s” and “B’s” for example will result in having many educational opportunities and rewards. Colleges, job companies, or scholarship committees will review grades and other information on a school transcript to see if that student is eligible and satisfy the requirements needed. GPA stands for grade point average, so the higher the grade, the higher the GPA will climb up. This results in getting more money for college if the grade point average is an excellent score. There are some events and programs that reward students for having high and excellent grades. The National Honor Society is one of those programs. In order for a student’s grade to stay on top, completing school assignments are an essential way to do so. It’s not possible to get through or even pass a class without completing assignments. Usually, the class expectations will say for example quizzes are twenty-five percent, homework or classwork is fifteen percent, and tests are forty percent when it comes to grading work. What if the student just focuses on the bigger percentage? Even though the bigger percent has more impact on a student’s grade, the smaller grade percentages can still affect the student if it has not been completed at all because it adds up and it still badly affects the grade. This is why completing assignments are important. Participation in a class setting will improve a student’s grade because getting involved in the class discussions will help to understand the subject better. Some teachers even grade on participation, which can be an easy “A”.
We live in a world where your worth in school is determined by your grades. All students strive for that magic number featured in countless movies, books, and tv shows. The 4.0. But what does a 4.0 really mean? Does it mean that you are a good student, or does it mean that you have learned how to work the system? The difficulty of the course, the standards the teachers hold their students to, and the amount of grade inflation all contribute to this so called “system”. It would seem that those who do the best in school know how to work it. So how can we make school less about beating the system and more about the academics, and how can we make grades more universally fair for everyone?