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  • “We Have Set Up The System To Do Exactly The Opposite Of What We Wanted It To Do.”

    Posted on February 2nd, 2012 halliedominick No comments

    The purpose of attending a university is to gain knowledge and experience that will help a student prepare for the future. It is an intermediary between high school and the real world. The method of achieving this knowledge and experience has slowly shifted from one definition to another over the past 50 years or so. Our society has become what some may call “type A.” We have become obsessed with rewards. It is as if there is no point in partaking in an activity unless there is some intangible or tangible reward at the end. This is most obviously seen in the schooling system. Students mindlessly accept the grading system for what it is. However, who came up with it and why are we using it? We may never have an answer to this question. When we take a closer look at what we are working for it almost seems rediculous.

    “It is not about grading, it is not about assigning problems, it is about creating a situation in which bright students can excel.” In an ideal world this statement would be true. However, we have become grade obsessed. Grades have led to competition. In turn, this competition has led to cheating. It is all that we know. But imagine a world in which a student gained knowledge and experience through completion and participation. There would be absolutely no reason to cheat. People would attend university to gain more than a letter grade. Though this would be hard to enforce it would be much more beneficial.

    The question is how could we achieve this? It would be a difficult transition. Most universities would need to create an alternative method of grading in order to drift away from the grade point average (GPA). Right now the future of grading is not clear. However, students everywhere hope for a change.


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    • One way I think we can adjust our education system is by eliminating the “concreteness” of a course syllabus. Yes it is nice to have a timeline that helps students know what to expect but that is all a syllabus should be. It should be a working framework that does not specify every single, minute detail. It leads to this quest for perfection, for the perfect score if you will. (Insert cliche phrase about perfection being unattainable), everyone thinks about things differently! Like we talked about today in class, if the teacher can “grok” your ideas (concepts) then you should be graded accordingly. Sad thing is, most teachers are already set in their ways and this education transformation is going to be a tough one.

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