Day 97 (of 188) from ‘the book of Landy’ – a #throwbackthursday Ed share
…”produced anxiety in the elementary student before he received the promised whipping if his grades did not improve, and in the high school students who was required to drop band or after school sports because his grades did not meet parental requirements.”
“…symbols of failure – the proof that they can do well – to a number of students.”
“…the student whose behaviour is approved by the teacher gets the better grade.”
“…use the grade as a threat…”
“…well aware that a single letter or number grade is inadequate in describing the learning that has occurred.”
The author of this article from my Dads collection of notes and articles asks some key questions too, including are they necessary?
But more significant to me:
“Must we wait another sixty years for empirical answers to these questions?”
Why? She wanted her jurisdiction to “…begin research studies in our schools to provide better ways of reporting pupil progress.”
Why? These questions and statements are encountered today…but the article was written in 1967. 48 years ago this month….and while changes (eportfolios #sbtchat) are becoming more ‘acceptable’ – I don’t think Ms Bates literally wanted this to take 60 years.
My pledge/challenge: I carry on my fathers work on grades and personalizing the learning process. We are still making changes dreamed of two generations ago. Let’s get the paradigm shifted for the next generation of educators.