Day 126 (of 188) a Throwback Thursday from my dads journal
Concerns about grade reliability are nothing new. Recently I have referenced “C+ is the new F” in grade inflations – where anything less than a B requires an intervention…..by some.
There are also valid questions if tasks = learning. And which should grades represent?
My dads journal had an interesting quote:
And this led me to finding the actual book online: http://iwcenglish1.typepad.com/Documents/Holt_How_Children_Fail.pdf
and almost half a century later ….. It’s “report card” time….and as an educator I struggle with my own kids documents. Celebrating the successes that are different for each: my general anxiety son now has enough “stuff complete” that he can have numbers that represent his …..learning? My oldest girl wondering if the report will show the 115% she (theoretically since how can achievement be more than 100%) has in a class? And my youngest who still wonders ‘what her teacher will given her’?
As I scanned the book I found it interesting that towards the end the author suggests a model of personalized learning similar to geniushour & passion projects – but not “one curriculum for all”
Alternatives……..can we do that in education ;-)