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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 23 2013: We could do all essay testing instead of having a grading system. Either you understand the information or you don't.
    • Apr 23 2013: I like this idea a lot, John. The only problem with that, is that some kids are better at expressing themselves in words than others... To expand on your thought, what about if they dictated themselves and handed in their 'essay' as an MP3? Or gave a presentation/report on it, or wrote a song about it?
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        Apr 23 2013: Penciles and paper use less electrical energy than mp3's.

        Writing and learninig to write would be a requirement. When you start lowering the bar, you set kids up to become lazy and non-productive, which is where we are today.

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