Posted on September 4, 2018
The article “The Case Against Grades” by Alfie Kohn has been my mind a lot these past few days, Kohn mentioned some very valid points. Grades affect the way we view education, especially in high school where we feel forced to go and hate going to school, I believe that goes back to grading and the constant pressure that we have to get good grades. A change in our grading system is necessary, but i don’t see a solution to this. Every solution mentioned by Kohn seems unrealistic especially in large classes where you have 300+ students. I believe that conferences with each student would be a mess in this case, but in the case of small classes it would be a very nice change in the way we grade students. The student would know exactly what they did right or wrong an would try to improve their paper. We often see a bad grade on our paper but ignore or don’t pay attention to what we did wrong. We just feel bad about the grade and that defeats the whole purpose of education where you should be allowed to make mistakes and learn from them without feeling bad about it.