What’s a Report Card?

Students can no longer relate with many of the tools that were used in classes not too long ago. Overhead projectors, slide rules, and in some cases, note taking. Why is it that they still know and fear report cards? After surviving the first wave of report cards, I couldn’t help but ask “why?”. Why is it that in this day and age we are still expecting teachers to sacrifice countless hours to do such an unnecessary task? Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the idea of providing students and parents with a summary of their progress, I am simply arguing the method we use to do so. At my school, and i assume in many others as well, grades are instantly uploaded to a website that can be accessed by parents and students. Same with comments, behavioral issues and absences. If we are expected to communicate with parents regularly, and real time grades and comments are a click away, why should we waste time preparing and printing report cards that will be outdated the second it reaches home? Personally, if I were a parent I would much rather have the option if checking my child’s “report card” before it becomes too late to do anything about it. At the very least we should offer the option of either, but printing thousands of redundant report cards — thats as silly as sending snail mail to a friend with a “what’s up” written on it.

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