|Does anyone know if it was something that was just done at certain schools, or if it used to be common practice but died out maybe during the '60s?|
|Laura V wrote:|
However when it came to the awards for our GCSEs those people who were deemed to have put in the most effort, regardless of ability, were given additional prizes for their achievements. A much nicer system in my opinion!
|I hated the achievement awards at my school. Possibly because I never
won any. Yes, I am still bitter.
|I don't think marks for art would make much difference. Her Laubach would have stormed at everybody, told them all that they were incompetant, unseeing, etc, and given them all zero - except maybe Vi Lucy who might have merited 2 or 3.
I don't think there would have been grades for art though. There is never any mention of an exam for it (ecept atg puplic exam level, and then only optionally). I think it would have been clasified as a social accomplishment rather than an academic subject - like needlework or music - and not part of the grading system.
|I don't know if giving marks out would have motivated some underachievers to do better, or if it would have just led to them getting depressed and over achievers getting battered.|
|I'm not sure if I agree with awards for effort. Teachers don't really know how hard you've tried after all. They always thought I tried because I was pretty quiet, but actually I'm really lazy. Also, my school had an awards ceremony where you got awards for both achievement and effort, and me and my friends always used to feel that an award for effort would be kind of like saying, well, you didn't do very well, but at least you tried; here's a pat on the head.|
|"you just work and take no notice of what I'm doing or saying."|
|Because she never bothered working and was always far more interested in boys than homework it was assumed by everyone that she stopped me.|
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