Ok, this has been bugging me a lot lately so I need to get it off my chest. Why is it that schools continue to emphasize the “grade” and not the actual learning that takes place? My son just started middle school this year, and there now is increasing emphasis on “making the grade.” Students are obsessed with the A because they think that is how they will be judged, and they are right.
In the United States, and in many other countries, we are fixated on what grades students get. Anyone with children will know exactly what I mean. The same crappy system that was in place when we were kids is still in full effect.
What can we do about it?
Well, it depends. I think the one thing we can do as educators is to always emphasize that learning is always more important than the letter grade. Am I suggesting that we scrap the grade and get rid of scoring systems? No. But I wanted to bring this up now that I am knee-deep in it with my son and it’s fresh on my mind. We have a duty as parents and educators to remind our kids and students that grades will come if you work hard and have a great work ethic. We have to constantly remind them not to focus too much on the letter grade. It’s a tough job because the system doesn’t support emphasizing the learning over the grade.
Anyone ever ask you what grade you got in 6th grade math?…I thought not.
Enjoy your weekend.