Debarati Ghosh Posted about 2 years ago Should public schools in the United States eliminate the traditional A to F grading scale? And if so, what assessment do we replace it with? I agree with the fact that we are only going to school for a grade. It disturbes me that the school system has made education as a symbol of how perfect you are instead of as a method of spreading new ideas, and having kids get excited about the world! If we are constantly worrying about what grade we get, and learning everything for the next test, nothing sticks, and nothing interests. Instead we see education as a burden, something stressful and ugly, and not fun. But, when we look at all of these TED talks (for example), we can see how exciting education and innovation can be. I know that if my classes were based on homework, class participation/discussions, projects, and maybe just quizzes (since those test your memory but are not as stressful as tests) I would have a lot more fun at school, and absorb so much more. However with all of the fuss about equal education i think there are three sides of the story, 1 it is true that those who say live in dangerous neighborhoods with low income have less of an opportunity for education, 2 there are those who don't have the capability(seriously don't) who would be lost in a class with other kids, or if you dumbed down the class would lose a lot of the faster learners (like the standardized testing system) 3, there are the kids who just don't care, and don't want to. I believe the last one can be changed with the way the education system works, if we can make it more about how these topics connect to us, why we should care, and more exciting/fun rather than grades and a bunch of homework then we might be able to get this last group up and running. See there are all different situations.