Should Change Be Made in Which Students Are Being Graded During the Pandemic?

Students share how they feel towards differences in the way teachers have been grading throughout the school year. Illustration by: freepik.com/stories

Everett students have mixed opinions about whether students should be graded differently during the pandemic. Some say that learning from home creates unusual problems, and that teachers should keep that in mind. Others see school from home as the same as school in the classroom.

For senior Lyric Williams, not being face to face makes some things more difficult.

“Being online is harder to me because teachers can’t actually come help me,” said Williams.

Learning from home has other challenges, as well. Williams also said that some students struggle due to technology problems.

“Some people are still not understanding how to use everything on the computer,” said Williams.

While Williams thinks that learning from home can be a big challenge for some, others see it as a matter of discipline.

“It’s the same [as in school]; stay on track, because nothing changed [except] we have to be on computers,” said sophomore Janiya Gilchrist.

Gilchrist also says that teachers aren’t grading correctly.

“With some teachers I feel like they are grading more harder on students than they should be,” said Gilchrist.

Williams says that working from home can make people lazy.

“It’s harder to stay on track because online you don’t have to wake up and get out of bed so kids just go to sleep during and after school,” said Williams.

Parents see the struggle online schooling can be for some students, and hope that teachers are doing what they can to be understanding.

“I think teachers should consider not being so harsh on grading the kids because this is a tough time for them,” said Everett parent Delisa Turner.

While there are many downsides, Turner said she does see some benefits to the situation.

“An advantage of my kid being screen to screen is I can see what they are doing and keep them on track,” said Turner.

Not everyone sees online learning as a negative.

“My grades have increased since screen to screen,” said sophomore China Roberts, who added that she sees screen-to-screen as the same as being face-to-face.

One difference, like many pointed out, is that the motivation to get to class isn’t always there.

“It’s a little harder to stay on track because I feel like I don’t have to get in class if the class is recorded,” said Roberts.

As for changing the way students are graded, Roberts doesn’t see much of a need to mess with things.

“Teachers shouldn’t grade differently because that’s just going to make it easier to pass without actually trying,” said Roberts.

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