Nathan Zhang

San Mateo, CA, United States

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Nathan Zhang
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
I agree. As per wikipedia's Illusory superiority article, "In a survey of faculty at the University of Nebraska, 68% rated themselves in the top 25% for teaching ability." Especially in American Culture, we tend to inflate such attitudes. When I was in elementary school, everything was "great", "awesome" or "excellent". For example, my English is definitely in the "top 1%" as my teachers would have lead me to believe.
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Nathan Zhang
Posted almost 4 years ago
Isn't it time to eliminate grades in education?
The problem is, though, that parents demand a method of knowing what their kids are doing and higher-education requires a way of quantifying a student's aptitude relative to others. If we are to have this, then naturally, competitive students and parents will accentuate the importance of such grades and thereby force everybody else to do the same. This perhaps is a classic case of the stag hunt game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stag_hunt) and because there will always be competitive students, any method of quantification will become like grades. As for removing grades altogether, it becomes counterproductive to create alternate feedback mechanisms with more depth due to the fact that such grades must be processed quickly and efficiently for many purposes (such as data-crunching and college admissions). For example, which is better, an "excellent student" or an "excelling student"?