It’s time to ditch school reports

Why aren’t schools innovating when it comes to reporting. Still using 20th Century tools. Time to adapt and change. Increased efficiency here for teachers and school administrators

The Thought Hub

There are some things in society we do because it’s what has always been done, even though they may not be relevant anymore. Debutante Balls, pen pals, cigarette lighters in cars, tape cassettes on sale anywhere, removing the garter at a wedding (in fact, a lot of things we do at weddings). The list goes on, and I firmly believe that school reports fall into this category.

For years kids would dread the day when their report card came home in the mail. I myself remember waiting nervously while my mother read over, page by page, my semester reports each June and December. I was often relieved that the news was relatively good, apart from the odd comment about lacking initiative and not listening carefully enough.

For a long time, school reports have provided parents and students with a useful summary of progress. Many students would keep them for future job interviews, while…

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