Does a school's policy to lower or eliminate a student's GPA, benefit that student?
Schools are already lowering or eliminating GPA scores in order to make more students eligible to play sports. For some, being able to play sports is the only encouragement to attend school at all. But does a school's policy to lower or eliminate a student's GPA, benefit that student in the future?
Wondering what kind of school you are talking about, here. I don't think it would have much of an effect on anything below high school level.
However, it is needed in high school. Colleges will look at it, and also passing grades are required to get the diploma (same as any other diploma or degree). Even if they don't average the grade points, the grades still need to be there, and can still be averaged.
So, if they are grades 9-12, then it matters.
Grades 8 and under, probably not.
College? Probably not, either. Asides from the first couple years, college is mostly project/thesis based, anyway. It's hard to grade on what a student produces when everything is unique. Some grad schools require an undergrad GPA, but some do not, and will take work experience instead/along with, as well. Most require solely the GRE results, and other graduate entrance exams.
That depends on the student's GPA. If it's low, then eliminating it would benefit the student. If it's high, the student would lose the benefit of his years of hard work. I feel that messing with student GPA scores is an artificial way of manipulating a system that already is on the skids.
I think lowering or eliminating GPA scores does a disservice to the school and the student. I understand why it is done, but how do you teach a student to be responsible? How do you teach a student that in life you must set goals, standards and expectations for themselves? I understand that athletics motivates alot of kids to go to school, but if you lower the standards you have set for other students what lesson does that teach them? You have to maintain a happy medium. I was always taught that if you want something bad enough, you need to work hard to obtain it. Therefore, if students want to play sports bad enough or participate in activites, they need to work hard to get there (ie. get good grades, get a tutor if you need help).
In many cases, schools and colleges have lost sight of their primary function, which is to educate. Sports should be an ancillary consideration, participation limited to "real" students who aren't attending simply to audition for theNBA or the NFL. The GPA is a valid diagnostic for both schools and students, and if we're realisitic, we'll admit that college isn't for everyone. Certainly everyone should have the oppportunity, but not everyone has the proper tools to succeed in an academic environment. Dumbing down the the SAT, for example, was a mistake because lowering any academic standard serves no legitimate purpose. If we eliminate the GPA, what criteria do we use to evaluate students for both graduation and matriculation in a university?
Lowering or even eliminating a students GPA does not benefit the student. If a student does not know what his or her GPA is then how does he or she know how they are doing in school. They should not eliminate it because it will let the colleges allow anyone into college that does not deserve to be here.
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