When the pandemic shuttered schools, it also put grades on hold, and exposed an underlying problem frequently ignored before the crisis: A-F grades serve several different and conflicting purposes. In the latest episode of Have You Heard, historian of education and friend of the show Ethan Hutt joins us to discuss the origins of our high-stakes grading system and what we might do to fix it. Complete transcript available here. The financial support of listeners like you keeps this podcast going. Subscribe on Patreon or donate on PayPal.
What do you want to know about education in a time of pandemic? We put that question to Have You Heard listeners, then rounded up an all-star cast of experts with answers. Should I tell my son that the online assignments he’s been doing won’t count? What do we want kids to remember about this time? And now that we’ve all seen for ourselves that edtech is NOT a silver bullet, will we finally be able to force some accountability from the industry and its boosters? Special guests include Derek Black, Audrey Watters and Ethan Hutt. Complete transcript here.