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What happens when students hear this new mode of grading and stop trying? What is the challenge of going to school and working hard, if they do not have to make sure they get all of their school work done to pass? Teachers will not need to try so hard to get their lecture through to their audience. Although allowing the no zero rule helps children in many ways, it hurts them in more ways. In society there are no grading scales, no one is going to give these young students an easy pass.
Some of the work handed out should not need to be graded. From the same article it brings up the fact that people including teachers and students often forget what an A or a B stand for. The primary function of grades is to communicate mastery of performance and today they do anything but that. Grades do not provide meaningful feedback for improvement or growth to parents and students, which does not help both of them. The needs of the student needs to be at the forefront of the conversation and for this to happen we need individual one-on-one teaching with a parent to help students learn (Crouch).
American education produces inefficient students because the students are not treated as the young adults they are. In order to help students, education should help them develop their talents and should be unstinting in both their praise and criticism for their bright future. In “GenerationMe” (Twenge, 482) mentioned by Twenge, people are educated to have high self-esteem that they think they can do everything if they put their mind to it. For example, even though they get Ds on their math exams, teachers will still praise them and students will think they have done excellent jobs. Raised under a very sheltered environment, they believe they are the best and will not put efforts to develop their innate talents.
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With a low attendance rate, assignments will be missed, and the student will get behind in content as well. Parents who do not get involved in the school might not know that their child is not attending on a regular basis, or even care if their child goes. When children are first starting school, or transitioning from pre-school to elementary school or elementary to middle school, the transition is easier when parents are involved. If a child is unhappy about being in school, but their parents volunteer in the school, the child will see their parents there and be less upset because they will not be separated from them. For whatever reason, if a child is nervous or simply misses his or her parent, seeing the familiar face in the hallway or just knowing that they are in the building is comforting and makes the transition into school easier.