Grades are often assigned based upon curriculum that looks at the average knowledge of a student base. Students should know X, Y, and Z, by the time they are X-years old. If they don’t, they receive a lower grade.
That is a faulty system for a number of reasons.
1. Students Aren’t Average
Todd Rose, who dropped out of high school with D- grades but now teachers neuroscience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, takes a look at this in his book, “The End of Average.” Rose argues against evaluating students using grades as a proper law of average. No one, he argues, is average.
“Then you think of things like the lockstep, grade-based organization of kids, and you end up sitting in a class for a fixed amount of time and get a one-dimensional rating in the form of a grade, and a one-di...Read More