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NYT Opinion: Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve, by Adam Grant

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Because if everyone performs well, everyone should do well?

Is this comment showing a logical prospective?

"I taught for over 30 years.

The bottom line is this. Should a student's grade accurately reflect what they have learned and accomplished? If so, there should be no grading curve.Should a student's grade reflect their accomplishment in relation to all other students in the class? If so, grade on a curve.

Apply this to an airline pilot as an example.The first choice would mean that we would know whether or a not a given student has achieved a certain goal. We would know if he could adequately fly a plane.The second choice only tells me how a pilot performs in relation to others. It does not tell me whether or not he can fly a plane (You might get an "A" even if you are not qualified, simply because all other pilots are even less qualified than you)."

Yes, that logic makes a lot of sense to me.

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