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Blog #1 The System of Grading reflection


I have a neutral personal relationship with grades. I think that the grading system has forced me to prioritize getting excellent scores over learning the material being taught. I can still clearly recall how much I used to worry and stress out about my grades. This kept happening so frequently that I started to lose interest in the course itself. Nonetheless, I believe that the purpose of the grading system is to classify and arrange students' "knowledge" according to the teacher's viewpoint. I once had a high school instructor who insisted on giving me excessive quantities of homework, which had a negative impact on a significant portion of my GPA. I would never really take the time to study and understand the subject I was writing about; instead, I would always be racing to do these papers before the deadlines. I was able to get an A in the class. I would be unable to provide a detailed explanation of what I learnt, though, if someone were to ask. This experience has made me think differently about the grading scheme. Rather than actually attempting to determine whether the student is learning the material correctly, I believe that teachers take advantage of it for their personal benefit. The grading system is only significant inasmuch as it purports to maintain track of prior knowledge. However, is it truly "knowledge"? Grading has taken center stage in the educational system. Our future, the schools we can attend, our job options, possibilities, and much more are all influenced by our grades. Although it is normal for me to desire the top scores, if I don't comprehend the material being taught, it is pointless. Both the relationship between a student and their peers and their teacher are impacted by grades. When it comes to assigning grades, teachers exercise no control. That being stated, in order to receive our final grade, we students must now rely on and trust our teacher. Students compare and compete with one another for the highest grades as a result of this. This is when education stops being objective and starts to become subjective. Here's why I think a system of education without grades can succeed. More than just a letter can be used to assess your level of understanding. It matters not what the pupils are supposed to grasp, but rather what they truly comprehend. This would relieve pressure on students and avoid the educational system from being overly competitive, which could increase their motivation to learn.