No matter how hard teachers try to hard (or how little they try to hide it), many teachers have a bad habit of handing out A’s to anyone and everyone, despite differences in student effort. Giving out A’s left and right can negatively affect students.
The average grade for a student is a C. Anything higher is considered above average. Anything below is below average and so on. When a student receives an A, it is seen as a perfect score, with nothing more to do. And sometimes, an A feels really good, such as when you study multiple times for a difficult test and get every question right or when you work hard on a presentation and keep your peers entertained and engaged when you’re in front of the class.
But sometimes students get A’s for subpar work. What kind of message does that send to the students who spent hours on their out-of-class assignments?
Handing out A’s like candy on Halloween can only lead to disaster. First of all, it makes the student think their work is perfect. And while some things deserve an A, other things don’t and need attention. Maybe an essay really should get a B+ because it was good, but it could have been better.
Also, it inflates a student’s ego. Students who receive better grades see themselves as smarter. By giving out A’s left and right, students will see themselves as perfect in school, and they won’t feel the need to try anymore. Why bother if anything you do gets you an A?
So c’mon schools! Take a step back and rethink your grading systems! Good work deserves A’s, not just anything that floats onto teachers’ desks!
Written by Jamie Anderson
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