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Started by Wahoo Redux, January 25, 2024, 10:45:45 AM
Quote from: apl68 on January 26, 2024, 07:44:01 AMWhether or not grades work as a means to an end, they certainly are treated as ends in themselves far too often. Yesterday I heard our local high school guidance counselor speak of parents of freshmen demanding to know their class rank almost from the very start. Evidently there's some rather silly rivalry or one-upmanship going on. Maybe they're that afraid of losing their chance at getting into a good college?Also, he spoke of students with B averages who decided at the beginning of their senior year that they now felt motivated to try to become honors students. Unfortunately that's determined by cumulative GPA, so their performance in previous years has foreclosed on that option (Reminds me a bit of the response of a member of Charlie Brown's team to giving up forty runs in the first inning: "There goes our shutout!"). A focus on cumulative GPA would probably greatly discourage a senior in that situation, even though the student could still potentially do much to improve in performance in that senior year.