Grades and Money

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A Response to Steven Vogel “Grades and Money”

Many students see grades as the single most important thing in life. But what about that other most important thing in life called money? It is easy to say that grades and money have a relationship between them. As a student myself, I can see the relationship between both of these. In Steven Vogel’s Grades and Money he makes many points that I agree with such as grades should be reports, GPA’s and grades are considered funny money. In Vogel’s essay he stated many great points about the relationship between grades and money. I strongly agree when Vogel states “What grades ought to be is a report, nothing more: how did the students do, how much did he or she learn, how much were his or her skills and critical self-consciousness and knowledge of the world expanded”? (Vogel 390). What Vogel’s trying to say in his text is that instead of giving out an A or a C, Let’s focus our attention on how the student has learned. Let’s see if the student learned anything at all. We have to remind ourselves that most students thrive off of knowing what their final grade will turn out to be. They need to know this to evaluate themselves, so they can be better students. I would agree with Vogel when he says grades should be a report. They should not determine whether we pass or fail a class. It is just a simple way for teachers to be able to grade quickly. Moreover, I feel this is true because when teachers handout the syllabus on the first day, its technically a contract. This contract states that students are promised certain grades for completing a certain amount of work. The syllabus not only tells us that but…...

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