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  •  educational phrases to be abolished (1+ / 0-)
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    slatsg

    I agree totally!  

    Test scores are meaningless.  They affect the self esteem of the students and wrongly criticize the performance of the teacher.  I would personally do away with grades altogether.  

    Students are in classrooms for one reason and that is to be taught.  Our future depends on it.  

    Teachers who don't respect Teacher's Unions are not teachers.  They are knuckle dragging morons who are way behind the times.  

    Regarding #10.  That is BS.  If we keep doing the same thing long enough, we will be victorious!  

    •  Maybe you're designing your exams wrong (0+ / 0-)
      Test scores are meaningless.  They affect the self esteem of the students and wrongly criticize the performance of the teacher.
      I don't know about you, but the exams I hand out are pretty dang meaningful, and the results tell me a lot about what students are learning and not learning.

      Also, the scores are usually very closely in line with student performance on homework, and their ability to answer questions in class discussion.

      I would personally do away with grades altogether.
      But then how do we flunk kids out?

      I'm serious.  Students occasionally bomb a prerequisite course and need to take it over---we make that happen by assigning an F.  If students continue to bomb a course or bomb multiple courses then we can't let them graduate, and we use grades to enforce that too.

      If you want to do away with grades, I'm not against that at all, but you have to replace it with some equivalent system that will let us hold kids back or flunk them out of college.

      "It's a shame that most things aren't pies. More things should be pies." --jbou

      by Caj on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:06:48 PM PDT

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