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The case against grades

January 26, 2012


An insightful article by American author and lecturer Alfie Kohn criticises the use of number and letter grades in school, which, according to Kohn, motivates students to seek better grades rather than knowledge.

Kohn suggests several ways to derive more authentic ways of assessment, including having teachers develop a set of criteria for assessment using students’ input. Kohn also suggests alternatives to grades, such as written comments by teacher to student, or having students evaluate one another in student-led conferences.

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  1. January 26, 2012 11:28 am

    I agree that lettered grading isn’t perfect, I doubt the system will change anytime soon though.

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