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I often recount that in my career, when I was part of evaluating a
new-hire, none of me or my colleagues EVER looked at grades – we did
But these students live and die by them, and they are convinced that
their futures depend on them. And at times I'm not sure I can fault
them – it's simply not true that their grades won't be considered,
How do we start with this chicken and egg – do we attack the
testing, or the emphasis on grades? Which begets which?
And I'm not one to say to toss it all out. I'm not smart enough to
figure out a system that doesn't test and doesn't have grades – I'm
not that inventive.