Persuasive Essay

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Times have changed and continue to do so, so why are we still giving kids grades? If you have straight A’s you’re a “nerd,” if you have A’s and B’s you’re a “smarty-pants,” and then C average or below? You’re considered “stupid” or “dumb.” These are some generic labels given to kids throughout schooling because of their grades, and this can cause some unwanted issues throughout the school system. Children shouldn't be given grades, they should be given oral evaluations because grades give labels, create unnecessary competition, and don't always accurately reflect how smart a child is.

Grades were intended to be beneficial to students and let them know where they stand in their learning, but they are doing more than that, not in a good way though. A lot of kids are teased about their grades in elementary and middle school. If you didn’t receive the best grades and others found this out you might have found yourself in a rather frustrating situation. I remember one of my siblings in middle school didn’t get very good grades and kids teased her about it, she stopped trying to pass her classes and her grades fell from C/D’s to F’s. If a teacher sees your grades are bad a lot of the time they automatically assume you’re a bad kid. The same goes for getting a job. It would be very hard for you to be hired if you have bad grades, because they automatically assume you are not ready for the responsibility of a job.

Along with that label comes competition. Like in sports people would begin to group you and categorize you, but instead of A team B team, and so on it would be Straight A kids, A’s and B’s kids, C average kids, and Failing kids. Kids fight about who is better, who got the better grade for midterms, and they’ll fight about who is the “smartest.” This will also make those with bad grades feel bad about themselves. Again, my little sister was getting bad grades and this resulted in her feeling really down on herself and she just kind of stopped trying.

The grades kids are given don’t always reflect how smart they are, as it was originally intended to do. Even though grades were intended to be a reflection on how intelligent and how much your child is learning, it very often doesn’t show...

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