The Christian Science Monitor, November 29, 2001 | Go to article overview
Save to active project


Reading grades aloud: Humiliating or not?

Regarding "Does reading grades aloud invade privacy?" (Nov. 27): Perhaps I can offer a solution: Gain a student's permission to have his or her grade read aloud.

For four years I taught junior high, and gave many tests. At the end of each marking period, I read each student's grades so he or she could compute an average, hoping to alleviate any distrust a student might have about the grades I maintained. Also correcting an occasional gradebook inaccuracy, this method worked wonderfully. My principal, the students, and their parents approved highly. I did allow students the option to see their grades privately to avoid embarrassment. Interestingly, it was not always the low-scoring students who opted out.

Dennis Bianco New York

While we need to be sensitive to the potential embarrassment in the reading of grades in class, I am apprehensive about more rules dictating a teacher's style. I am a soccer coach of kindergartners, and while we do not formally keep score, and, in fact, discourage a focus on it, you can be assured most kids on the field know the score anyway.

All we can do is manage that knowledge; teach them to respect the other team when they lose, and encourage them to be good sports. I think there is a happy medium here that is sensitive to the students' emotions, yet prepares them for the world.

John Killeen Weymouth, Mass.

I have no sympathy for the school in question. The practice of publicly announcing grades had the effect of humiliating a student with learning disabilities. Is this a legitimate goal of education? Obviously it is not. I cannot believe the arrogance of the school administration in refusing to accommodate a reasonable request from the parent of the student in this case. In effect, they stated, "We will continue to allow practices in our classes that have a detrimental effect on your child's ability to receive a quality education." What did they think the parent would do?

Garth Sullivan San Francisco

Oral grading can be a positive boost for students, but it is up to the teacher and other students to make it so.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article



Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?