The Case Against Grades

Sacred Heart Greenwich Middle School Faculty Blog

The Case Against Grades

They lower self-esteem, discourage creativity, and reinforce the class divide.

By Michael Thomsen|Posted Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 8:15 AM

Taking a test.
Should schools abandon the A to F grading system?
Photo by Ableimages/Digital Vision/Thinkstock

There is always something or someone to blame in our struggle for education reform. Sometimes it’s the “bad teachers” who get the blame. Other times it’s standardized testing, insufficient funding, or slow-moving bureaucracy. I blame grades.

Grading students, from A to F, has become synonymous with education itself. Report-card day is an American rite of passage. Yet, there’s reason to believe the structure of grading students is the biggest culprit in America’s long, steady decline in education—SAT reading scores are at a 40-year low, and one recent study ranked the U.S. 17th in education, worse than Poland, Canada, Ireland, South Korea, and Denmark. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the rigid and…

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