• 'Pass' or 'fail' doesn't tell anyone that much. Grading is far better all round.
  • If its pass/fail, what is the point of striving for excellence? I wouldn't want to see a doctor who had been graded pass/fail in school.
  • Pass/ Fail simply doesn't create enough expectation or opportunity for a student to truly succeed and learn. I always had letters and numbers, and while it is awfully specific, I was able to learn from my mistakes in a very specific way. A 92 B+ was drastically different from a 93 A-, but you work really really hard to get that point :)
  • I think a letter grade is a good idea because that gives the better as well as the weaker students a chance to know where they stand amidst their peers. It rewards the better students and gives the not so good ones a very good indication of where they are and also provides them an incentive to work towards bettering themselves.
  • Marginal students benefit by pass/fail. They can do barely enough to get by and pass. Students who do all their assignments in timely fashion, do well on tests and really contribute to the class will be penalized by this method. Just my opinion! :) Happy Sunday! :)
  • A, B, C, D scale. It seperates the mediocre from the exceptional.
  • Kind of takes the desire out of someone to work and I can tell you that it's hard enough to get some students to do the work anyway. Then look at scholarships/grants. how would we decide who gets those for would we decide who gets into certain programs in colleges. I certainly wouldn't want a "d" student getting in a RN program while some "A' student gets left out..If you take away the incentives to learn, students won't so if John can graduate with a 60, why should Sally bust her butt (other than for self esteem) to get 90.
  • DO you want a paramedic working on keeping you from bleeding to death who barely passed the class, or one who got an A average?
  • Grades are best. It helps classify students that are succeeding versus those that are not. Pass/fail systems are good for non-academic courses like PE or lunch. And yes, grades foster competition. That is a good thing.
  • i like the A B C D scale. it gives students a more detailed idea of how they are doing in a class. like, a student progressing with a C might want to strive for a B or even an A, whereas a PASS is vague for detecting progress.
  • I know it's not one of the choices, BUT "if I had my druthers", I would prefer returning to the good ol' days of seeing actual numbers on the assignments. Returning to that method puts the student in a position to see EXACTLY where he or she stands in that particular subject. HOWEVER, since this seems to be "the dumbing-down of America" I prefer teachers to use the alphabet. Thanks for asking your Q! I did my best to answer it. I hope the information helps. VTY, Ron Berue Yes, that is my real last name! Sources: Some personal observations and opinions. "THE University of Hard Knocks" Also known as ("a/k/a") "life's valuable lessons".

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