Joel Shatzky: Educating for Democracy: What Do Grades Mean?

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Joel Shatsky writes a must-read , inspiring factual column at a time when the national conversation is a narrative rant by profiteers and politicians about evaluating teachers, rather than one where genuine educators like Shatsky speak about the criteria for learning.
"The trouble is not that we are sorting [grading] students badly -- a problem that logically should be addressed by trying to do it better. The trouble is that we are sorting them at all. Are we doing so in order to segregate students by ability and teach them separately? The harms of this practice have been well established (Oakes 1985). Are we turning schools into "bargain-basement personnel screening agencies for business" (Campbell 1974, p. 145)? Whatever use we make of sorting, the process itself is very different from -- and often incompatible with -- the goal of helping students to LEARN."

AGAIN: A MUST READ!

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