Too many professors need some remediation in how they assign classroom grades, writes Douglas B. Reeves.
Nancy Ruth's insight:
This is a really interesting article- some of which is questionable, but nonetheless food for thought. The way I feel, especially in a middle school, is that teaching should be about feedback and about teaching the skills (especially in reading, writing, math, etc) that students need to become informed, productive, and insightful individuals. Teachers who are tired of trying to get students to do work, give zeros as punishment and hope they speak for themselves, when in reality, students who get zeros don't care, and dig themselves into holes so deep they don't see the point in trying to climb back out. If we make students do the work and give them the opportunity to improve, many will. We have used the 0-100 system forever, and we still have people in the work force who don't care, don't do anything, and have a terrible attitude about school and learning in general. If we give them a chance, I have a pretty good feeling this will change. I speak as someone who has family in England and attended school in Switzerland where the grading and school systems and overall attitude about education is very different from here, and very different from each other. We need to step back and take a look at how we are educating our youth and what options we are providing them with, and stop thinking that grades are the ultimate punishment. The students we should be worried about are not the students who will be scared by a 0- those students will be fine.
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