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District studies the value of A's and B's

Original post made on Apr 4, 2012

Mountain View and Los Altos high school students may soon see significant shifts in the way teachers assess and grade their academic performance.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 10:57 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Real World, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

This just puts the students behind when they enter college and the real world, which does not make such accommodations for missing assignments or not showing up to work.


Posted by Real World, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

But, the grading in high school and college is not Real World.

And to your point, in the Real World, they do actually make accoommodations. It takes many incidents before a person gets fired. One such missing assignment usually just results in an angry boss, and having to spend a great deal of your weekend finishing the project. Sounds a bit like the same thing to me.


Posted by MV parent, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Having the letter grade be based on academic standards makes a lot more sense than including things like work habits, etc. to influence (for better or worse) the student's academic grade? Isn't this how the K-8 district does it with the 1-2-3-4s for academic standards and the N, S and Es for behavior?

It is also how the students will be graded in college so at a minimum having the upper grade high school students be graded on the basis of how well they have mastered the academic standards of the course.


Posted by In the real world, a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

"...many of the grading policies in place today were created, in part, to help the military sort through recruits. If that were the sole purpose, things like work ethic, promptness, and the ability to follow direction would be very useful metrics."

Work ethic, promptness and ability to follow directions are not just what the military looks for, it's what employers look for.

Like it or not, the world is based on social interaction so behavior and attitude are very important if you want to succeed. The people that get ahead not only do the technical aspect of their jobs well, they interact well with others.

If you want your kids to be prepared for the REAL world, not just the ideal world of academics, you should consider behavior into your grade because it sure as heck will be factored into their performance reviews.


Posted by Johnny, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Education systems are totally disgusting.
Thomas Edison, who acquired over 1,000 patents in his name, was kicked out of school by his teacher, Reverend Engle, who referred to him as "addled". Albert Einstein, who dropped out of high school per the advice of a teacher, was considered too dumb to enter the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich. Michael Faraday, who without much formal education was the best experimental scientist who ever lived. Albert Einstein kept a picture of MichaelnFaraday on his study wall alongside pictures of Sir Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell. Can anybody here describe the "Faraday Effect"?
Those who can, do; those who can't, teach (and throw geniuses out of class).
We pay basketball players $25 million a year or 300 times what we pay a good scientist.


Posted by James Hoosac, a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Academic grades should rate academic performances and not social behavior. A genius may spend 5 minutes to learn and rest of the time goof-off. Many intellectuals throughout history are eccentrics or even downright jerks. But they make huge contributions to our society.

It's ridiculous for those liberals on the left to inject into academic performances with all those nonsense.

If you want to educate and grade social behavior and social skills, then create such classes: boot camps, community services, missions, etc., and grade students properly for those classes.


Posted by Ned, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

And we all think that our kids are little geniuses that have got everything figured out. They will just succeed. As long as they can log on to Facebook and Twitter and Google.


Posted by Who does this benefit?, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Who does this benefit? Doesn't the policy hurt the kids that are struggling and need the "soft" extra points to get a high grade? Kids that have good study habits and learning skills will continue to get good grades. Won't this create a bigger divide between the kids that have learned how to learn, and those that are still figuring it out? Perhaps, that's the point of the policy. Reward the kids that learned the material. Yes/No?


Posted by Benefits, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

It actually benefits struggling kids. They get 2nd chances to complete work and/or demonstrate their knowledge. In the historical school system, they'd get an "F" and move on to the next topic. After a few "F"s they might just give up. Now there's incentive to keep at it. No "free" A's or inflation...just a 2nd chance to do work and get credit.


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