Should grades exist?

History has an endless list of men and women who succeeded in life even without grades.

These include the likes of William Shakespeare, Plato, Rene Descartes, and Galileo. Everything has changed since our education system now puts grades before everything. Grading has become central in everything we do, that even the best jobs are offered to those with high grades. This explains why students will go to extremes to have better grades. It is so sad that the grading system has been a curse rather than a blessing to many. Here is why grades should not exist:

Grades are too risky

Students fear getting poor grades due to the stigma associated with such low performance. They end up being their school’s laughing stock and even receive mockery from teachers. But this trend is mostly castigated by school administrations. During prize giving days, you will see schools only recognize the best-performing students. Not even those in the middle are ever recognized for their efforts. These individuals are showered with praises as other students are encouraged to emulate them. This explains why students will go for the easiest subjects in school. Some even end up choosing subjects not related to their desired career path. It is a risk they take for the sake of better grades. In such moments, they never see the implications such risks have on their future. All they know is that they will be happy if they receive a high GPA. But what happens after that? It is definitely not worth it, after all.

Grades are the end goal

Grades were ideally created to motivate students to study harder. It was to be a form of incentive they receive after a long struggle at every level of their studies. However, this has changed as students now consider grade as their end goal. Students will boldly tell you of how their desire from education is to receive the highest possible grade in the end. All they know is that a high GPA gives them a chance for better opportunities in the job market. Sadly, this is not the case. Most multinational companies refute the importance of grades in the recruitment process; no wonder most companies don’t dwell on grades when interviewing job applicants. Many employers talk of how some top students prove to be the most incompetent employees. These are probably the lot that dwelt on grades rather than acquiring the right skills.

Grades are the worst forms of feedback

You’ve probably heard it said that grades help schools understand students’ levels of understanding. However, what happens if students receive high grades as a result of exam cheating? Some have even become gurus at cramming for exams then forgetting everything thereafter. Those who are naturally bright also end up relaxing after receiving high grades in their papers since they tend to develop a know-it-all attitude. Unfortunately, this only derails their focus as they lose track of reality. A reality that education or learning is a continuous process that involves passing and failing. In other words, receiving high grades in one paper might not necessarily mean you will receive the same grades in another paper. Teachers should stop using grades as a form of feedback to determine the levels of knowledge and understanding among students.

Regardless of all that has been said, grades seem to be the only best way of dealing with large masses of students. It is very crucial when placing students into universities and colleges. However, it would be more beneficial if its negative effects on students and teachers were eliminated. It could be easy said than done.