In Baltimore County Public Schools, your effort–not your accuracy–will be the main thing that counts when it comes to homework.
The county is trying out a new grading policy that mandates that homework not be graded. It also eliminates things like behavior and attendance from being factored into a child’s grade. The idea is to move away from focusing on performance as it relates to individual assignments, and rather on a student’s holistic understanding of the topic at hand. To that end, students who score poorly on a test are also given the chance to re-take it for a higher grade.
The new policy has met with much debate, both within the school system and in the wider world. Critics argue that it discourages effort; advocates argue that by shifting attention away from assignments and more toward knowledge, the school system will reduce drop-outs and foster at atmosphere of knowledge, rather than just task-completion.
The policy is currently being tested out in the schools; presumably, if students lose all their motivation and all become lazy, unmotivated slugs, the school board can shift course. I imagine that won’t be what happens, though.
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