There’s an ongoing debate about the different grading scales used by different schools (and teachers). Here’s another related question: should teachers grade students based on their compliance with class
rules — turning homework in on time, all the time — or on the quality
of the work that they do? That’s the question in this weekend’s New
York Times piece claiming that “standards-based grading” is on the rise
in Illinois as well as in other parts of the country (A’s for Good Behavior).
What do you think? Is there too much compliance-based grading in
Chicago classrooms, and are its effects nefarious, or is it OK or even a
good thing to reward kids for doing what they’re told as much as for