Is the grading system currently being employed fair on students?
Recently, there have been a lot of discussions and news articles about the G.E.C.A. (grading equity) grading system in our nation. A lot of us feel strongly about this topic. Many parents feel that the G.E.C.A. is unfair on students. Others believe it’s a necessary step in making our schools more successful. If you are thinking about whether or not you believe the G.E.C.A. is fair, then here are some things that might help you make up your mind.
The G.E.C.A. is simply a way for students to receive a reasonable grade in a subject. It doesn’t give them a pass or fail grade. The idea is to recognize how much effort they’ve invested in the course and provide them with a decent grade. If students are getting good grades, then they should be rewarded for their efforts.
This is something that really frustrates me. I’ve never understood why people would debate something like this. Everyone already knows that the G.E.C.A. is fair. Everyone also knows that the lower a student’s score is, the more difficult it will be for them in the future to find gainful employment.
Does the idea that the lower a student’s grade is, the better they will do in life make you feel any better about your own abilities? I don’t think so. I know that this particular argument comes up quite often from teachers and school administrators who feel that a student shouldn’t be punished for finding out how their performance affects their grades. In my opinion, this argument makes no sense. A student deserves a fair chance to succeed in school regardless of what they were doing two years prior.
Fair rating is the only way that a student can truly learn and grow. It gives them a clear understanding of what needs to be accomplished in order to succeed. If they are given a bad grade, they need only go back and try again. There is absolutely nothing wrong with giving a student a failing grade in order for them to learn and grow. The only problem is when educators start using these failed grades as the basis for assigning extra work or even punishment.
You see, the problem is when you use a failing grade as the basis for punishment, it makes the student feel that they got caught for doing something wrong. They may feel that they deserved to get a failing grade. It doesn’t make sense to me. On the other hand, if you use a positive grading system, you give students a clear understanding of what they need to do in order to succeed. They can see that there aren’t enough good things happening in the classroom and they need to do all they can to improve in order to receive a positive grade.
When we use a grading rubric that is based solely off of a failing grade, we teach children that they don’t deserve to get any kind of a grade unless they have completely mastered an activity. I personally don’t understand where the confusion comes in when people are grading kids. If the grading system is fair, then children can receive any kind of a grade that they want and they need to work towards receiving the highest possible grade.
You also need to make sure that you are giving students enough time to learn. Most students assume that they already know everything there is to know about the subject. This is not true. You need to make sure that the student has enough time to learn about each lesson and to find out more about the subject matter. Students often give up too soon. They believe that since they know so much, they don’t need to learn anymore.