Why stop at eliminating just class rank (“Maryland districts join national trend in eliminating class rank,” June 27)?

A large portion of elementary schools have already eliminated homework in efforts to provide less stress and a better educational environment. In addition, many school districts are pushing back on standardized testing.

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Here are some other areas to consider eliminating in the educational system: Let's eliminate grades at the end of the school year as some may not view it as a fair gauge of the student and their progress. If grades are no longer needed, then also eliminate tests as they have been proven to increase student anxiety, are biased and some students just don’t test well. In addition, do we really need teachers grading papers, as one teacher can grade easier or harder than another? And do we really need to offer AP or college courses in high school? It really decreases the self-esteem of the students who are not ready for those classes. Furthermore, why take attendance? Why should we recognize or reward students that go to school every day?

As a teacher once told me, “Don’t ever lower your standards because the moment that you do, you’ll be disappointed by what you get.”

Michael Albrecht, Finksburg

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