Why Grades Should Be Replaced With Passes And Fails

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Formal education is one of the last outright meritocracies run by the government, mirroring the “qualifications” model employed by the private sector, which pays little attention to identity politics, social justice or greater societal issues. In both schools and universities, students are awarded a wide range of grades based on how how accurate their answers in exams and assignments are, which only serves to draw dividing lines between those with higher scores and those with lower scores. This creates a mini system of oppression, where those with higher grades are viewed as more intelligent than those with lower grades, even though everyone with a grade above the pass mark (usually 40%) has passed. This only serves to reaffirm peoples’ perceptions of the intelligence of themselves and others, and to destroy the confidence of those who receive lower grades. The solution to this problem, in my opinion, is to do away with grades altogether, and simply award each student a pass or a fail.

With only passes and fails, there will be no distinction between someone who scores 90%, and someone who scores 40%. Both will be equal, and the student with the 90% score will receive a knock to his self-confidence, whereas the student with 40% will receive a boost to his self-confidence and will believe that he is equal to the student with 90%. This confidence-balancing will remove the grade-induced placebo effect, which reaffirms peoples’ prejudices about intelligence. Studies have shown that African American students score lower than whites and Asians because society has convinced them that they are less adept at abstract thinking and reasoning. Once we remove these false ideas from society, and stop reaffirming them with grades, the confidence and self-belief of under-performing minorities will drastically improve and contribute to better test scores, which will simply be converted to more passes.

Racist employers will then have no excuse to discriminate against these minority groups, and will have to hire them in equal numbers to whites and Asians, and in greater numbers if diversity quotas are involved. Not hiring equal numbers of them will be quickly condemned as unjust discrimination, because all of these students will have near 100% pass rates, and there will be no other grades to judge them on.

Conservatives will argue that this will cause the Dunning-Kruger effect on steroids, giving people with less intelligence infinitely more confidence, while causing the more intelligent students to question and doubt themselves. But these are just closet racists who don’t want minorities to succeed. The fact is, every human is equal to every other human, and grading systems which try to establish superiority in any discipline only reinforce the backward idea that some people are “better” at certain things than others, which we know from progressivism is simply not true, because everything is a social construct. It’s time to do away with grades once and for all, and make our education system truly egalitarian.

richandrenee

African American womyn are clearly the best debaters – their willingness to get into arguments proves it.

Bo Pepys
Bo Pepys

You noticed that too, Rich? When I go out for a night on the town I take my African American womyn friends with me to convince the bouncers at the club to let us in. It works every time!

richandrenee

My friend Quanesha is such a good debater, and modest too, that often she gets whoever she’s being argumentative with to talk to her hand. She’s so confident in her discourse.

vacamuerta
vacamuerta

I believe Harvard medical school have already implemented the pass fail system for reasons of social justice/inclusivity.

However there is a second exam that racists have put in the way of graduates wishing to practice medicine; this discriminates against POC, failing to entitle some of them to the well paid responsible jobs that all Ivy League graduates, especially POC, deserve. There should be a class action lawsuit to expose the racism inherent in the system; the lost earnings and psychological harm that such exams inflict must entitle those POC who failed to many millions each. Also, how can a POC expect proper treatment from white/asian doctors?: the second exam is clearly also thus racial discrimination against patient POC.

But why stop with medicine, why not have pass fail for the engineers who design and build bridges, nuclear power stations, chemical plants, air planes, oil rigs etc?. NASA’s ongoing success can be attributed to its strict adherence to best practice in non discrimination following the ignorance of the 1960s. Remember those undiverse pictures of mission control staff from the days of Jim Crow and shudder.

#accredited-times-pick

Pbier

There’s much to be said for removing grades and simply awarding passes; however, I’m not sure I like retaining ‘fails’ for all candidates who didn’t reach the magic mark of 40%.

Exams should not be about testing what people don’t know, they should be about rewarding people for what they do know. They should also reward people for positive behaviours and make adjustments to scores for historic oppression. Someone who turns up to the exam hall on the right day, at the right time, ready to take the exam, has already demonstrated a commitment which should be rewarded. This has to be worth 20% at least?

If they are candidates of colour, perhaps their score could already begin at a de minimis 40%, thus ensuring that historic oppression can never be responsible for a student failing in their tests. Conversely, white male students could start at say negative 20%.

#accredited-times-pick

richandrenee

Exactly Pbier – affirmative action is a powerful tool in the fight against racism.

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

Preposterous. All grades should be numeric, to the nearest .0001. Nobody below 85.0001 gets through. Failures must repeat the course and wear large F on their foreheads. After five failures they can’t see or hear because the whole head is covered with F so they are banished to government employment or the salt farms.

#racist

drb6
drb6

Article reads as if it is written by a patriarchal male chauvinist pig. “He”, “him”, “his” can be found throughout the text.

#triggered

Pbier

In MDB’s defence, I imagine he was assuming (as I do, and most progressives do) that womyn do not need to take exams, which are frankly beneath them. Womyn know everything there is to know, and can recall everything that anyone ever did, said (or didn’t!). Are you suggesting womyn are wrong? I would personally trust womyn to do any job that exists without passing ‘tests’. They could even operate sensitive bits of nuclear plants, even during problematic times of the month.

drb6
drb6

Half measures do not work. “He”, “him”, “his”, “man” etc have to be exterminated, initially from speech and writing.

MARYBLOW1977
MARYBLOW1977

I have to disagree on this one. Let’s say one mans penis was a more than adequate 8″ and another mans pleasure tool was a paltry 4-3/4″. Now we are not even getting into the girth aspect here, girth is important and over looked but for today’s discussion we will ignore it.
If I were to tell the little fellow that his junk was just as good as the other fellows package, I would be lying. I do not know how this helps the man with the below average sized cock. He might feel good until he sees the other mans heat seeking love missile and at that point he will understand that he will never have the size and power to please as the host of such a prominent member. You just can not lie about truth. He is a D+ and the other guy is an A-

fullblack
fullblack

Article states “Racist employers will have to hire them in equal numbers”. When you say equal numbers, you can’t mean if ten are hired, 5 should be white and 5 black? The reasoning behind this is that blacks only make up 10% of US population, so with that in mind, the fair number hired would be 9 to 1. 9 whites and Asians, and 1 black employee.

#racist

jingleburp
jingleburp

From above: “Once we remove these false ideas from society, and stop reaffirming them with grades, the confidence and self-belief of under-performing minorities will drastically improve and contribute to better test scores, which will simply be converted to more passes.”
This is pure stupidity plain and simple…but to humor the author of this bozo piece He can simply run a program at several schools with a diverse population and take a look at the outcome before attempting to apply it to all of society.
Oh wait, studies have already been done on this and the results? Pass fail systems eliminate competition. When competition is eliminated students don’t push themselves and become lazy. Learning drops off as there is no incentive to excel. It expands to the students entire way of life (even socially) and laziness becomes habitual. Excellence is no longer sought after or achieved. Many studies have now proven this.
The Best and the Brightest is still and will always be the way to go in a biological system. Competition is ingrained in the very fabric of biology – it’s literally in our DNA. You ALL competed to get into this world by winning the sperm race. Eliminating competition will eliminate mankind from the face of the Earth.

#post-truth

Marinated Le Pen
Marinated Le Pen

If competition let the best and brightest win, then we’d have a much better society. The industrial age, colonialism, and 200 years of competition has left almost everyone more insecure, mentally deranged, and endlessly slaving away at work, with no hope.
By dividing things into capitalism, communism, competition, cooperation, etc, and considering one superior over the other, we have lost the capacity to deal with circumstances appropriately. Capitalism, communism, my govt is better than your govt, my god is better than your god, my race is better than your race – all are mental illnesses.

Marinated Le Pen
Marinated Le Pen

If you think socialism has no competition, then you’ve misunderstood human nature. Both capitalism and socialism have degenerated into oligarchies.
Don’t go by what you read in text books about communism. After all today eunuchs and asswipes to the global order are called dictators and emperors. Something that centralizes power and control, is considered to strengthen federalism. ISIS attacks are solved in fraction of a second, and reported very faithfully by the media. While globalists dictating things to a country is converted into bold decisions made by nationalists. Truth unfortunately cannot be found in text books and MSM.

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