Step Outside the Box, and You Will See.
The current education grading system, worshiped by most elite firms and schools, lacks capability to determine a student’s knowledge. Although one might think there are different grading systems (IB, QSI, AP, SAT, etc.), ultimately most are based on teacher’s assigning a number on one’s knowledge.
Most schools determine grades through written tests. For example, in Chemistry course (QSI system), one would expect a test at the end of each unit. If one gets higher than 90% in their test, it ensures that he gets an A. Does this mean that the student understands the material? Maybe; maybe not. The issue concerning the current grading system is that it causes students to focus on the grade rather than actually learning something.
The grade is what universities and firms are looking for. This extrinsic motivation makes students do whatever it takes to just get a satisfactory grade. This means that they spend less time understanding the material and more time memorizing it. Two problems with memorizing without understanding are that it can be easily erased from one’s memory, and it can lead to a lack of understanding on the particular subject.
Another issue with written assessments is that they restrict a student’s knowledge by setting a boundary for students’ thoughts. Its implications do not allow a student to further thinking into a full understanding of the subject. To reach such a level, one must be able to make connections to the topic posed (applying it to different situations). Although it takes a great deal of time and conversation to reach this level, in the end, it is worth it because it ensures that student understands the material. It also helps students experience an academic discussion that will help them in the future.
These reasons being posed are two of many that deem the current system of education as faulty. But what would be a better form of assessing ones knowledge?
A sequel to this article will soon be issued. It will back up the claims that this article has made.