Going beyond grades: Why we HAVE to do better.

Loooooove this! Honestly and truly, exactly how I feel about the education system we have now. Since I’m a student, I hear this grade-focused crap constantly. People memorizing content to regurgitate it onto a test or simply get through the class. I cannot learn that way. If it doesn’t make sense to me conceptually, I’m almost lost. I wish it would stop in high school but it definitely apparent all through college. Which, fair enough, we do have to take classes that, let’s be real, we could care less about (liberal learning) so survival is really all that matters. But how are students still feeling this way in their major classes?? This is the stuff that you are saying you would like to do for the rest of your life, God-willing. I think it’s kinda automatic. And professors are getting increasingly upset about it. I feel sorrier for the professors more than I do my fellow students. I suggest trade schools/apprenticeships as a possible solution.

What do you think is the lowest G.P.A. I need in order to get into a good retirement home — one of those fancy ones with never-ending soft serve ice cream and Jeopardy tournaments in the common area?  How many gold stars do you think I need in order say, “I’m happy”?  Oooh, most importantly, do you think if I re-take my ACT and get 2 points higher I can finally say I have purpose in the world?

Surely, these are the questions that keep teenagers angsty. There can be no other explanation.

We live in an educational climate that focuses primarily — some would say obsessively — on numbers and letters, rankings and standings.  We say it’s for results. And it’s true. One can see results through numbers. But it’s time to argue for different results. It’s time to argue for a system that puts the value and benefit…

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