ERIC Number: ED037152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec-5
Reference Count: 0
"Traditional" Graduate Grading and the "Gold Star Syndrome."
Kent, Leonard J.
The impetus for modifying or eliminating the A-F grading system has come primarily from students. Faculty reaction has been more one of bowing to pressure than that of a carefully considered response. Arguments for and against the traditional grading systems each have merit. It seems illogical, however, to repeat on the graduate level a grading system that has major shortcomings at the lower levels. The gold star in kindergarten and the A in college become ends in themselves. Students also confuse grades with emotional attachment--the teacher who likes you gives you an A. Thus, traditional grading practices have potential for corrupting the true purposes of education. A pass/withdraw system accompanied by substantive comments by the teacher may be an answer. The additional burden this will place on the teacher and the administrative inconvenience it may cause are the price that will have to be accepted. "Philosophy rather than procedure must rule the day." (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Note: 6p., Address to the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, D. C., Dec.4-6, 1969