Modern Day Grading System In Mitch Albom's Tuesdays With Morrie

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This day in age, the majority of public and private high schools grade their students using numbers or letters. There are people that argue that by grading the students, it helps them become more motivated to learn because they are hoping to achieve a high grade, but others argue that it hurts the students desire to learn. Morrie Schwartz, the main character from the memoir Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, would not have supported the modern day grading system because of his relaxed approach and love of learning. Morrie strongly believed that our culture and society are corrupt. When talking to his former student and friend Mitch, he said, “But the big things— how we think, what we value— those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone— or any society— determine those for you,” (Albom 155). This quote of Morrie’s can be directly linked to what he would have thought about the modern day grading system. Today, the grades students receive in high school tend to determine what they do with their adult lives. If someone were to receive terrible grades in high school then it…show more content…
When describing Morrie as a professor Mitch once said, “He is an easy marker; he does not much care for grades. One year, they say, during the Vietnam War, Morrie gave all his students A’s to help them keep their student deferments,” (Albom 30). As Mitch said, Morrie did not care for grades. Morrie taught many different types of sociology courses, where the focus was on learning, not on getting an A. Morrie just wanted to teach his students and make a lasting impression on them. Clearly grades were not the sole focus of his class because he gave out all A’s one year, just so students could keep learning and not have to fight in the war. Morrie was more concerned about getting an education than earning the highest grade, which is very different from how schools feel

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