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What can we do to change education?

My name is Hunter. I am a senior in High School and my english class recently watched this video.
This question was asked to me by a teacher to me back in 9th grade. His take on this was that there should not be an A - F grading scale because all kids do is shoot for an A. That's all. Nothing past that. All they need is an A to make everyone happy. I agree with this statement 100%. The problem is, how do we fix this? What scale can we use in order to make schooling more beneficial to future students? How do we get students to reach their full potential?

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    Apr 19 2013: If we need to keep the cultural bias of mastery being grades A through F, I'd love for teachers to start every class at the beginning of the year with "You've all got F's!" which is somewhat true if you haven't learned the topic at hand. The best classes won't let students progress day by day until they reach mastery of core concepts necessary to get to the next step. With each learning iteration, as you learn more and more your grade goes up, to a D, then a C, etc. until you've reached mastery for the class. The more you learn, the better your grade which doesn't have to correspond to a final test. It is important to show mastery with a final product, for your portfolio, that might be the difference between an A and a B. Building a class-long project has got to be more rewarding from a learning standpoint than how you do on a last minute, 'get me outta here' rote memory final test.

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