Brian Vandenberg

Schertz, TX, United States

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Brian Vandenberg
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
I have to say I'm still agreeing with Gabe on this one. I've been to the site. I really do like your teaching strategies. Feedback is crucial, and having honest performance reviews just like in a job is very beneficial. The no rules, free structure thing will work with older kids in an honors class who are mature, and will also work with younger kids in an honors class because they are afraid to act out anyhow. I can't see how this method would motivate average high school students who REALLY just do not care. For appropriate classes this is a great teaching style. I just don't see why a grade can't be given in a performance review. If nothing else it would be an honest evaluation of them, a tangible figure they can work so they don't feel like you're just being nice or so they can make sure that their self-esteem is an accurate portrayal of their learning and effort. Figure out how to get colleges and employers to make important and correct decisions about who they choose with this method, or, assign grades with the ongoing narratives and I back this method fully.
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Brian Vandenberg
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
Look, as a semi-recent high school graduate who learned more outside of school on my own than in, I think grades suck and are a great way of rewarding people who put way too much effort into wasteful tasks. The reason why I graduated 60th in my class but was voted most likely to succeed was because I knew things that mattered. As much as I hate grades, they're a necessary evil. I'll give you that if we lived in small communities and didn't need skilled professions we could throw grades out the window today. The problem is a secondary education doesn't get you anything in our complex society. People have to go to college. Employers have to hire a limited number of people. You can't say, "John got a gold star in sharing, empathy, math, and reading. He would be a great addition to your university." At least not if there are ten thousand other people with gold stars. You can't say "John was a great engineering student at our university" without an objective measure of how well he mastered advanced math and expect him to get a job anywhere. Find a real way to satisfy universities and employers without grades and I will campaign it all day long. Grades are necessary, but the learning can be altered. Kahn Academy has the best vision I've seen on where learning needs to go. Let's find a way to get the technology into kids' hands now. College isn't for everyone. Let's stop teaching math and science to those who have no interest in it. Business skills are much more practical and applicable. Let's get everyone who doesn't want to go to a university in a trade school or starting their own business. Leave the grades to kids who want to go to college. I'm all for teaching philosophy, but teaching should not BE philosophy. Socrates wasn't trying to build planes, computer networks, or manage finances. Change how curriculum is taught, not how it is evaluated.