For honors, we were supposed to read an article on the effects of grades on students and society as a whole. The article was basically insulting the grading system and calling it useless and counter-productive and teaching the wrong things to the children.
I must say, I wholeheartedly agree. I myself have went from a hardcore grading school to a college more worried about the learning process and I enjoy it. Granted, the grades are still there, but there is less emphasis on that. I actually remember more stuff in college than from high school. It is more interesting. The professors actually care. The high school teachers did care. They just hated my graduating class. Apparently, we were a bunch of hellions. I mean, when they harass a teacher they don’t like…. Yeah, they were a bunch of idiots.
If the grading scale was nixed, I believe that students won’t know what to do at first. Perhaps they might rebel and not do a darn thing. I don’t necessarily blame them but I wouldn’t that just cause I would be ecstatic and realize the potential. Nixing the grading scale would make it so your work ethic is the focus and how you do stuff, whether creatively or above and beyond the call of duty. Thus, I believe that in the long run, it would help considerable for any individual because said individual would have experienced something similar to a workplace. Grades are essentially what separates school from work. Work never have the grades yet it is similar to what we do in school. Get rid of the grades and the shock won’t be so bad when getting a job for the first time.
All in all, I definitely agree that the grading scale should be nixed. I mean, each teacher grades differently. Each teacher has a different set of numbers. For instance, one teacher would consider a five a ten or another would consider a 1 a 4. Thus, perhaps you are technically getting an A, but the teacher made it a C. I know, it seems strange, but think about it and it will become clear. Numbers don’t mean the same to each person. So, why is there a grading scale when that fact is well-known to everybody?