Feel-Bad Education – Alfie Kohn On What Schools Do Wrong

The Trouble with Rubrics

  • If rubrics are just another way to dish out grades, they don’t do anything to fix the problems that grades have been shown to cause. They make students think less deeply, avoid risks, and lose interest in the learning itself. They still involve human judgement and force students to comply to a set of rules that can produce vacuous writing. When students focus on how well they are doing, they often become less engaged in what they are doing. Don’t assume an assessment technique is valuable in direct proportion to how much information it provides.
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