FALSE SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS: WHY FORCING GOOD GRADES ARE BAD FOR STUDENTS —

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“The final grade is final.”


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When students are in school, taking a test is major outcome of their overall grade in class. And when that grade is low, no matter how good your grades during the quarter or semester, it hurts your overall GPA (grade point average). Yet in today’s society, there has been a shift in grading where students now have a choice to retake the test. This is of course an isolated situation, but the fact that it’s growing in popularity is problematic.

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When you allow a child to retake a test, you’re setting them up for a more failing grade than the D or F they received in class. Because if they are unable to cope with that letter grade, life gets harder. And they are going to be in for a real culture shock once they step into society. And environment where you are going to fail and there is no retaking of the test. You just have to deal with the loss. Luckily for those that have to deal they are able to fall and get back up. But for the child given a pass, they’ll grow to think the world is wrong, when in reality they were not prepared for life.

perfect world

Who in life wouldn’t want to re-due everything in their lives that they failed at, without losing time. But the reality is that you only have that one choice. You might have another shot to make the next situation better by learning from the previous. But since no one wants to deal with a hurt kid, we make it possible for them to live in a fictitious world. That is until they finally experience life’s hardships.


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GENDER ENCOURAGEMENT: WHY AREN’T GIRLS PUSHED LIKE BOYS IN SCHOOL

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“We need them as much as we need us.”


girls! girls! girls!

In schools, we have always encouraged the boys more than we have encouraged the girls. When the hard work must be put in, we have always told the boys, this is what you should be doing. Then leave the less strenuous work for the girls. And that is a major aspect of why boys have become more successful than girls over time in school. And also in life the boys have gone off to do great things because you have to be pushed. You have to deal with a great deal of hardships and go through some suffering and pain.

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Current Chief Operating Officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg wrote a book about why we should push young girls, why young girls don’t get the same encouragement as boys, and why girls become women who are not prepared for the world ahead. In an article written in 2013 for ABC news entitled, “Top 10 Facts You Don’t Know About Girls’ Education,” a list of reasons was outlined as to the effects young girls deal with on a daily.

  1. 65 million girls are not in school globally
  2. Of the 123 million young people between ages 15 – 24 that can’t read or write, 61% are female.
  3. Half of children not in school living in conflict-ridden countries are 55% girls
  4. Over 70 million children unable to have basic education in world; and over half are girls

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How do we get them to be as great as the boys? We first have to start off by not cuddling them more than the boys. And yes, there is a certain softness that men and women have with their daughters than their sons. But we have to be careful how much because the world is not a soft place. And if we are too sensitive, then it’s going to be a culture shock when these girls step into the world.


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HBC-U-LATER: DO WE NEED THEM ANYMORE?

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“Do they hold up today?”


Well over a century ago, African Americans in the United States were denied the access to a lot of universities across the country. This denial prompted us to create our own universities called, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).  I myself the first semester of undergraduate school attended an HBCU called Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. Now, me being born in the year 1987, I had options in which college I would be attending. Nonetheless, I decided to go anyways before transferring back home to UW-Parkside. Now, times have changed since those schools were designed. The question now looms as to do we really need them today. Are HBCU’s relevant in America in today’s society with so many other options?

In my opinion there is an upside and downside of having HBCU’s. The upside of going to an HBCU, is that the courses are more centrally focused in aiding you in your future success. There is more of a guidance process in assisting young Black males and females. You are encouraged to take on a path that will help you after college. HBCU’s also take young people who would otherwise not go to college and cultivate their skills. Most traditional state and private schools may turn them away. But HBCU’s bring them in, and by the time the student leaves they are more than ready for the job market. Yet, are there any downsides to going to an HBCU.

Well, in America today, the downside of going to an HBCU is that you are not getting the interactions you’re going to have in society. Chances are, when you graduate, you’re going to work in a work environment totally different than your school environment. Most workplaces are predominantly White, so you’re talking about two different worlds colliding. Even though I went temporarily to an HBCU, my upbringing was different than most students at the school. But I think the biggest downside is that you can’t get money for college unless you go to an HBCU. In order to gain access to the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) finances, you must attend an HBCU. If I grew up in California, most HBCU’s are in the south, what if I want to stay close to home. Now your kid can’t get funding from an organization built to give them finances.

In the end, there is no one side of looking at this topic. There are the ups and downs of keeping HBCU’s open. For the most part they are the start of Black higher education in America. But since desegregation, Black students are choosing upon schools that have better academic programs, yet the financing for the HBCU’s have declined. What’s sad is that the more time that pass, HBCU’s will further decline. Especially knowing that you can’t procure funding if you want to stay where you’re from. President Trump recently met with HBCU presidents, yet it will take more than a meeting and photo op to save these schools.