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Chase Fox

Student, St. Vrain Valley School District

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Instead of testing student's comprehension on material, teachers use the standard grading system to justify a student's future.

I tend to think that grade books are only used for the sole purpose of determining a student's future. I consider myself to be an educated student, with a 4.2 GPA. However, I still disagree with the grading scales commonly used by teachers in the US.

First off, students usually spend most of their time at school socializing about the latest gossip or post on Facebook. Social networks have forced a barrier around our learning capabilities. An average student might go home after school with a few friends. When nine o' clock hits, the student either forgets about the homework or decided not to work on it. The next day, 2 minutes before class starts, the student might ask another student to copy the homework given the previous day. During class, both student receive the same grade, while only one student may interpret the lesson of the homework.

Secondly, students take school for granted. The importance of school is not derived by teachers talking, but derived from the students listening and comprehending the material. Students don't take school as a learning opportunity, which usually tends to be free.

Lastly, grades can't depict one's education. I could have easily completed the homework given, but, as the test is being taken, I might not remember a section of what I learned, or a certain name or phrase I read. Failing to correctly answer a few problems on an assessment may drop my class grade, which overall, affects my GPA.

What college is going to accept a student who has bad understanding of the molar ratios of different elements and compounds? How is learning this material going to help me in my future, when I know I'm not going to be a chemist? I could easily decide not to answer the questions that appear on my test, but how does that signify what I've learned? A simple dot on a piece of paper can determine one's future. A student's education should be approached in a more individualized manor, preparing students for their future, and not for their present.


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  • Mar 10 2013: I think if you reread what you asked of us, you will see that the student(s) are at fault & not the books, teachers, or grading system.
    There are not enough teachers in a class room to give individualized planned out lessons. The raw basics are taught on various subjects to prepare each student for the outside world and up to each student to specialize, once they get to college or university.
    If you wish to maintain your GPA level, you will take the tests given & do your best.
    In the greater outside world of employment, they do things that are proven to work for that company, but usually are open to change if the quality of a product is improved & brings in more monies.
    That single dot does not determine your future- you do!
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      Mar 10 2013: That is a great point! But don't you think I should be taught in the area revolving around accounting and business? I see Chemistry and History a waste of time for me. Yes, I'm learning a great amount of information from these subjects, but how will molar ratios ever help me as an accountant? That's what bugs me.
      • Mar 10 2013: I have no idea what molar ratios are but I will say this: All subjects are connected in one form or another.
        And to have a broader spectrum om your learning scale, so you can chat with others on various subjects, it's nice to know a bit about other subjects.
        When you stop learning, you stop living.
        If you went to work for a chemistry company, to do their books, it sure would be nice to at least have some knowledge of what & why they were doing what they do.
        Just a thought!
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          Mar 10 2013: In chemistry, a mole stands for the amount of substance. This unit is widely used in all stoichiometry calculations of chemical reactions. The molar ratio indicates relative number of molecules involved in a chemical reaction. For example, oxygen and hydrogen react to form water according to the equation: O2 + 2H2 = 2H2O. In this case, one molecule of oxygen produces 2 molecules of water. Use coefficients in the chemical reaction to calculate the molar ratio.

          Read more: How to Calculate Molar Ratio | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_8149226_calculate-molar-ratio.html#ixzz2NA7w8AD3
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      Mar 10 2013: Re: There are not enough teachers in a class room to give individualized planned out lessons.
      Teachers could give more individualized attention to students if they were willing to reframe the classroom model. but potentially there is a room full of teachers in the classroom if we employ a peer to peer model.
      Let's not be so quick to blame students, they didn't invent the system

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