Pros and cons: extra credit
April 8, 2018
As the six-week grading period comes to a close, grades weigh heavily on many students minds. In a last ditch effort to raise their grades from at least a D to an A, some desperate students look to extra credit as their saving grace. This being the case, the Spartan Oracle sought out two students with opposing opinions to answer this divisive question: should teachers offer extra credit?
Pros of extra credit
Extra credit provides an opportunity that students should both have and use. Extra credit helps students raise their grades, gives them the advantage to keep their grades up, and teachers love it when students take the initiative to complete extra credit projects.
Extra Credit should be given at schools, because it’s an opportunity to raise grades. Students who may be failing a class need extra credit so they can pass and graduate high school. For students who are trying their best but still can’t get past a C, extra credit gives them the opportunity to be able to raise their grade.
Extra credit also helps students who have good grades keep those grades up. If a person had a 89.7% in a class and doing an extra credit project would get them to a 90.7%, then they should do the assignment. Being able to raise a grade from a B to an A makes a huge impact on a students GPA. Students deserve opportunities to raise their GPA in any way they can because it’s really important to have a high GPA for colleges to see.
Another benefit of extra credit is that teachers love when students take the initiative in raising their grades. Teachers want to have students succeed in everything and if that means grading one more assignment then they will do it.
Extra credit should be provided at schools because it helps students who are struggling, it keeps GPA high, and it makes teachers proud to see students taking initiative in raising their grades. Extra credit is something we need to take advantage of and schools should keep allowing it.
The cons of extra credit
Extra credit is an opportunity many students look forward to in their classes. It can boost their grades at the end of the semester, making them seem a little better to the school, their parents, and prospective colleges. However, there are negative sides to extra credit opportunities, as they give students a cushion for other assignments to not be quite as important.
One of the drawbacks to extra credit is that it adds an easy way out for students who don’t put effort into their other assignments. They could speed through normal assignments without caring, then do the same with extra credit and get better grades because of it.
Students who know extra credit is a possibility might not try as hard in the course. They could be comforted by the fact that there will be extra credit offered at the end of the semester, and not worry about missing a few points, or even an entire assignment. Extra credit offers a cushion for those who don’t put their best effort into assignments.
Some extra credit doesn’t come in the form of assignments. Sometimes teachers award students extra credit for winning a game or doing something better than another class. This can be unfair to students who work hard, because it makes it possible for students who don’t try at all to get better grades while hardly doing any work.
Assigning extra credit creates more work for teachers. Some teachers take a lot of time to grade assignment as it is, and extra credit assignments can make that take longer. If they have actual assignments still to grade, why bother adding more work and causing students to wait even longer for their grades?