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Participation as a Grade: Worth It? Yes.

Participation as a Grade: Worth It? Yes.

By Raqshan Khan

September 21, 2015

My hand shoots up in class. I know the answer. I have been paying attention and understand the topic. Instead of doodling on the corner of my paper, I have been listening to my teacher talk about the difference between the past and present tense in Spanish. The teacher knows I am mentally invested in...

Participation as a Grade: Worth It? No.

Participation as a Grade: Worth It? No.

By Dani Egan

September 21, 2015

Participation is, at worst, a system begging teachers to grade-bump their favorites, and, at best, grading students on their social skills, rather than what content they actually learned. Furthermore, it instills the idea that one must be outgoing to succeed in life, to the detriment of introverts. Some...