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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

    Quote Originally Posted by ElCid View Post
    Amen. But I'm much more cynical. I want seccession. I want to see a war fought, between decent Americans, and America's bums. I want to see the bums defeated, and thrown either in prison, or out of the country, FOR GOOD. I want to see The Age of Political Correctness and Post-Modernism ended, with extreme prejudice. If this entails the redrawing of the world map, so be it.
    There are no bums. We're a nation of high performers. Anyone who doesn't work hard is about as repressed and isolated as a person can be.
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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    This is such a bad idea. It's wrong and unfair. It's robbery. It would teach kids to have a bad work ethic and ensure that everyone passes because the smarter kids pulled your weight. It's unfair to both those who excel and those who fail. Sometimes tough love is necessary, and kids need to learn through failure and get their act together.
    thank you that is unfortuntely and precisely right. this sort of distribution does teach people to have bad work ethics and ensure that everyone is taken care of only because the high performers pulled others weight.

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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

    No. It serves no benefit to the students who aren't performing.

    Kind of like social-passing. Does more harm than good.
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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

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    Quote Originally Posted by redress
    What a progressive tax system does is not try to be fair(it's not), or try to equalize the tax burden(it does not). What it tries to do is ensure that taxes have the least effect on standard of living as possible, A person making 20k who pays 1k in taxes has their standard of living effected much more than a person making 100k and paying 10k. That is it's strength. You have not addressed this aspect of it, nor does your comparison to bricks and airplanes...err, taxes and grades.[/redress] <-- here is a great (sarcasm) tautology where redress is pointing out a key difference between grades and taxes.
    and all this does is attempt to make sure that grades do not harm those who are most disadvantaged. redress claims that it has nothing to do with "fairness" but then she describes a value of fairness in her descriptor. she is saying that those who can more easily carry the burden, should - it's not a systemic descriptor of why we should treat grades as the property of the student and income as the property of society, it's simply saying that it's better to do the second than the first. the implicit assumption then is that grades are the property of society, society simply chooses not to take it.

    Quote Originally Posted by captain courtesy
    You are using the word "progressive" in non-comparable ways. Income is not necessarily based on effort, either. Sometimes it's based on choice and situation. Income is not necessarily based on intelligence. Sometimes it is based on luck and situation. Grades do not necessarily have an impact on sucess. Your thread is so full of inconsistencies and inaccurate analogies, I could drive a truck through it. You wanted to make a point. You don't like progressive tax. OK. We get that. That's what you want to talk about, so go ahead. Don't play these kinds of games.
    here CC is arguing that income is not solely based on effort. I agree. so do you. but we have both agreed that neither are grades. Grades, like income, are based on a complex swirl of factors, including intelligence, work ethic, natural talent, familial background, how you were raised, luck... you and I have both agreed that grades and income are the product of what CC is describing here, so holding this up as the dividing line doesn't make sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by megapropman
    Because schools and taxation are not the same thing at all. The biggest reason is that the purpose of both institutions are far different. Taxation is how the government pays for its activities while education is about creating an educated enough workforce to sustain a first world country. Because the goals are so different, different rules would apply.
    how in the world would the goals change ownership of the product? you just said "the goals are different so there." are you saying that because education is more important than taxation, we should have a strict market system in order to have the strongest product, whereas with taxation we can have a more redistributionist model because the quality of the result is less important?

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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    No. It serves no benefit to the students who aren't performing.

    Kind of like social-passing. Does more harm than good.
    and does it do a man any good to feed him for a day but not teach him how to fish?

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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    and does it do a man any good to feed him for a day but not teach him how to fish?

    It's not always a question of skills, but of opportunity.
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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    It's not always a question of skills, but of opportunity.
    and incentives.

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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    and incentives.
    Part of the problem with a culture taught to prize material success is that success has to be plausible or people will think there's a better deal waiting for them somewhere. The answer to that is to no longer encourage material success.
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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    and all this does is attempt to make sure that grades do not harm those who are most disadvantaged. redress claims that it has nothing to do with "fairness" but then she describes a value of fairness in her descriptor. she is saying that those who can more easily carry the burden, should - it's not a systemic descriptor of why we should treat grades as the property of the student and income as the property of society, it's simply saying that it's better to do the second than the first. the implicit assumption then is that grades are the property of society, society simply chooses not to take it.
    And that priority alone is enough reason to treat each situation differently. Systematic considerations do not apply when that priority changes because approach would change with priority and desired results (in other words, the system we build and what we do to it and with it entirely depends on what we want to get out of it), given that those two considerations are the basis for the system itself and its raison d'etre.

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    here CC is arguing that income is not solely based on effort. I agree. so do you. but we have both agreed that neither are grades. Grades, like income, are based on a complex swirl of factors, including intelligence, work ethic, natural talent, familial background, how you were raised, luck... you and I have both agreed that grades and income are the product of what CC is describing here, so holding this up as the dividing line doesn't make sense.
    Personally I believe that grades as a result of work are more directly comparable to the value of work than the results of economic activities. Also redistributing grades does not build people up while some level of wealth redistribution does. And once you bring in the goal of the system, his comment takes on a whole new meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    how in the world would the goals change ownership of the product? you just said "the goals are different so there." are you saying that because education is more important than taxation, we should have a strict market system in order to have the strongest product, whereas with taxation we can have a more redistributionist model because the quality of the result is less important?
    Ultimately, I believe the reason for redistribution of wealth is important because the quality is more important. However, the basis of that quality is that is that money is useful to as many people as optimally as possible within practical limitation. But yes, the goal of a system is fundamental in how we look at it and why its there, given that no societal system is natural and all are constructed by people at some point, so that's not really a valid criticism for you to bring up, because you cannot separate something from its own nature.
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    Re: Progressive Grading in School

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    And that priority alone is enough reason to treat each situation differently.
    a vague notion of fairness? a decision that we should treat two things of like sources differently just because it feels better? because one of them screws us and another screws others?

    Systematic considerations do not apply when that priority changes because approach would change with priority and desired results (in other words, the system we build and what we do to it and with it entirely depends on what we want to get out of it), given that those two considerations are the basis for the system itself and its raison d'etre
    then the grades do not belong to the student and we are free to do with them as we please.

    Personally I believe that grades as a result of work are more directly comparable to the value of work than the results of economic activities.
    really? would you like me to go get you some quick figures on the GPA differences of minority children from single-parent families v those of middle class two-parent white households? do you think there would be a strong distinction? work comes from factors that we are self do not generate - we are imparted a work ethic from our parents who then hold us to standards. will the work or the value of the work be greater or lesser in a family where the parents sit down and go over the homework with the child?

    Also redistributing grades does not build people up while some level of wealth redistribution does
    and so the dividing line is whether or not the move is of net benefit to those who are receiving the subsidy?

    because you know the next thing I"m going to do is demonstrate to you how wealth redistribution has created a dependency class in the United States of America, trained an entire underclass of people to depend on hand out after hand out after hand out that will always be coming... we have destroyed the black family in this country, we have shoved entire generations into illiteracy, illegitimacy, incarceration, and a brokenness of spirit because we were naive enough to think that simple wealth redistribution would build them up rather than create an entitlement society.

    And once you bring in the goal of the system, his comment takes on a whole new meaning.
    so the goal is solid what you're going with?

    then I'm going to need a clear deliniation of how the goals are different (both education and wealth redistribution strike me as attempts to build someone up), and how that difference somehow means that we should treat one product which is the result of a swirl of factors including intelligence, raising, work ethic, and so on differently from another product which is the result of a swirl of factors including intelligence, raising, work ethic, and so on.

    Ultimately, I believe the reason for redistribution of wealth is important because the quality is more important
    except that we are agreed that redistribution does not increase the quality of the recipient.

    However, the basis of that quality is that is that money is useful to as many people as optimally as possible within practical limitation.
    and better grades are useful to many students.

    But yes, the goal of a system is fundamental in how we look at it and why its there, given that no societal system is natural and all are constructed by people at some point, so that's not really a valid criticism for you to bring up, because you cannot separate something from its own nature.
    but that is my precise point. you are attempting to seperate one of these things from its' nature. which I don't know.

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