We have all done it sometime or other. We have looked, hoped for and even strived hard to achieve better grades, sometimes for ourselves and sometimes just to please our parents. But research in to the topic has begun to question whether this grade focused mentality is actually helping our children or hindering their progress.

A long history

For a long time, grades have been a form of assessment of student’s abilities. It has become the primary form in which teachers communicate their assessment of students learning abilities and progress. And parents too have come to associate this measuring system to assess their children and how well educated they are. It has fast become a myth and a system that pushes students to memorise content or study for the sake of studying rather than gaining knowledge or truly enjoying the process of learning. However there is a change taking place, world over such as brain training singapore, in which imparting knowledge is taken as a key aspect rather than focusing on grades.

Let’s look at some reasons as to why this grading system is failing and somewhat detrimental to children and their actual growth.

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Research states that one reason grades fail is because sometimes teachers are pressured by parents in altering the grades indirectly. While students also feel pressured to achieve higher marks.  If the teachers do not provide grades that match the perceptions parents have of their kids, then most often to avoid issues they inflate the grade or add bonus points. Don’t get me wrong, not all parents do this. But it creates a cycle in which teachers simply inflate the marks allocated to avoid issues. This therefore fails to indicate the actual level of learning the student is going through. Parents will also not question too mush as long as the grades are high.

Motivation and focus is lost

This system of imparting skill fails to a greater degree because too much focus is given on the grade than actually learning or gaining knowledge. Parents and teachers push students to focus on the “A” or the “B” rather than encouraging them on their effort and motivating them to enjoy the process. This form of teaching indirectly directs students to focus on things that only have rewards. They will not enjoy other activities that have great learning potential. Students also learn that by hook or by crook, they need to get grades; they will lie, cheat and go to unthought-of of lengths to simply get better grades rather than simply studying for the pleasure of gaining knowledge.

So as adults in our children’s lives we need to make an effort so that learning becomes enjoyable again.


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