Education redesigned: It’s about time.

The removal of letter grading is a poignant moment in the evolution of education.

The removal of letter grading is a poignant moment in the evolution of education. Its effect will create a redirection from“getting it done” and “passing,” to an in depth retention and understanding of curiousity and an appetite to learn.

As a straight ‘A’ student in highschool, I struggled as a university student. Granted, it’s been seven years since I graduated highschool, and it was only this past January that I attended my first term at university, so there has been a lot of time and experience since then that has evolved my thinking. But I found that the hardest part about university for me was that there was no space to delve in and retain.

In effect, I had to drop down to two courses half way through the term. Not because I’m not intelligent. Not because I am a slow learner. But because my priorities and values are different. I wasn’t in it to just “get it done,” get that ‘A’ on my transcript, or power out a degree so I could have an educated and secure job.

I was there to digest my mind with the richest material possible, at a place whose institution is to provide a fulfilling resource of food for thought.

Yes to some extent, university is there to provide us with the security that in the end we’ll get a well paid job. It’s that kind of“finish-line” thinking that neglects other matters of importance of being an adult, like simply how to take care of yourself.

The second I would finish reading one assignment, I had to read another. It left me no room to not only ask questions and think thoughtfully about the material, but how was I suppose to balance all that with a healthy lifestyle? Balancing eating properly, exercising, checking in emotionally and mentally with your state of mind, and enjoying the stimulation of social interaction is just as important as an education.

If you can’t learn how to manage that now, you’ll forever keep yourself in the “finish-line” mind set of: I’ll do it when I get to this point.

Education needs to equally balance teaching academic rich material and essential management of life skills.

And I believe that the removal of letter grading is a step in that direction. As an ‘A’ student, I was content. I never asked, “how can I do better?”

As an intelligent 24 year old with no degree, it’s the question I ask myself everyday.

 

Just Posted

New transit service to connect Terrace with the Hazelton area

New transit services will start running on Nov. 20, 2017

Search ends for Frances Brown

Smithers RCMP announce end to search for Brown, who went missing mushroom picking Oct. 14

RCMP officer cleared in Prince George arrest

A suspect’s leg was fractured in 2015 incident

Safe grad 2017 raises $520

SAFE GRAD FUNDRAISER Houston secondary students pump gas and wash windows at… Continue reading

Age and disability friendly sidewalk expansion begins

Construction to expand the sidewalk on the north side of Houston, between… Continue reading

VIDEO: ‘Lyle the singing pig’ searching for home

SPCA say the pig is ‘not opera-ready’

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek farm search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld published the comments on his Facebook page

B.C. couple hope boat drone becomes first to cross Atlantic

Colin and Julie Angus of Victoria to have drone collect environmental data en route

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Opponents of LGBTQ program to file human rights complaint against Surrey School District

District denied Parents United Canada right to rent Bell Performing Arts Centre for rally next month

Ex-employee describes alleged sexual assault by B.C. city councillor

Complainant was a teen during the alleged 1992 incident

Amazon gets 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Submissions were due last week. Online retailer has said tax breaks and grants would be factors

Most Read