Baltimore County Schools Move Toward Grading Equality

One of the advantages of the country that will take up the middle of North America after the USA is completely gone is that students won’t have to work hard to get good grades:

Baltimore County Public Schools has adopted a new philosophy as the foundation for its grading system for the first time in 20 years. …

Under the new system, a student’s behavior is factored out of his or her grades. The school system also now recommends that teachers do not factor homework into overall grades or give students marks below 50%.

No more homework, hurray! No more need to behave! 50% credit just for being alive! That’s what any slacker would call progress.

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Community Superintendent for Zone 2 George Roberts says low marks can damage a student’s feeling of self-potential.

What would you rather have, potential success, or a “feeling of self-potential”? Before answering, remember that fulfilling actual potential often requires tedious effort.

Under the revised approach, effort, class participation and attendance are also considered factors that distort grades.

Only when grades are based on nothing whatsoever can we achieve true equality in grading. The illiterate, unemployable students will brim over with feelings of self-potential.


On a tip from Steve T. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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