Letter grading in schools has been put to question ever since it was enforced in 1785. I began my research for the sole purpose of formulating an opinion that is backed up by evidence. I quickly learned that finding credible sources that provided different point of views was not easy. However, after rigorous searching, I not only took a stand on the argument, but I also found out what my paper needs to include.
All schools have the “no students left behind” philosophy. And the main goal for grades is to track the progress of students. However, since it is very rare for all students to get the exact same grades on everything, this makes it difficult to catch up the students who are falling behind on their work. Therefore, the philosophy of education is not met. By this evaluation, I found that my research would be incomplete if I do not take into account the goals of education versus what is accomplished by the use of the traditional letter grading system.
I also have to take into account a solution for my argument after I discuss the rhetorical situation. A friend of mine who attended a Montessori school as a kid said it was a great experience. However, she found it difficult when she transitioned to public schools with grades. But, although it was hard for her at first, statistics show that kids who went to Montessori schools have higher levels of knowledge in both reading and math.
After having that talk with her, I decided to conduct a survey over youth voices early next week. It will be a few yes or no questions that take into account the opinions of students from across the country. However, I am left with one question. What do I want to ask? The main goal is to have original content that is unbiased. This means I not only have to ask students, but teachers, staff, and parents as well. Only then, could I officially start drawing up conclusions to how we can find a median to settle this argument over the necessity of grades.
So far, the most challenging part about this type of writing is elaboration. All throughout my years in school, I have been asked to summarize and shorten my writing because whenever I went over a certain amount of pages, I would start to get off topic. I get lost in my own words. Therefore, my ultimate goal for this eight page paper is to keep track of my own thoughts while elaborating on my topic.