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Critical reflection highlight your thoughts on Article: Kohn, "From Degrading to De-grading" and Article: Mathis, "No Child Left Behind: Costs and Benefits"

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Critical reflection highlight your thoughts on Article: Kohn, "From Degrading to De-grading" and Article: Mathis, "No Child Left Behind: Costs and Benefits"

Kohn, "From Degrading to De-grading"--

Kohn brings out an impressive list of reasons why grades should not be used in school. He discusses the best teachers as not using grades and that grades actually can have negative consequences, including:

*Grades tend to reduce students' interest in the learning itself--they are likely to come to view that task (or book or idea) as a chore
*Grades tend to reduce students' preference for challenging tasks--The more pressure to get an A, the less inclination to truly challenge oneself
*Grades tend to reduce the quality of students' thinking--The more the task required creative thinking, in fact, the worse the performance of students who knew they were going ...

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