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Grades vs. learning: Which motivates students more?

By Sabrina White and Madison Service

January 14, 2014

From an early age, students are told of the importance of getting good grades, especially in high school. But should those grades be emphasized more than the learning in a class?

Editorial: Participation grades unfairly reward extroverts

By Staff, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

January 13, 2014

“Everyone should be contributing to our discussion,” the teacher says loudly over the quiet hum of the classroom. “Participation will be a very noteworthy part of your grade.” While some students have never even considered the implications of this type of assessment, others are left with mediocre...

Think twice on weighted class schedules

By Zak Jones, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

September 10, 2013

AP. These two letters make quite a difference in a student’s life for an entire year. It’s no wonder why such mania surrounds the idea of advanced placement from March to the end of the year. It is an intriguing concept. Scribble down a little more homework, breeze through a few more tests ...