We support the idea of dropping letter grades at the university level and implementing a universal grading system of “Pass” and “No Pass.”
Letter grades have become meaningless and students are terrified of getting anything less than an “A” on any project.
In fact, many students are of the mind that just by showing up for class they should be rewarded with an “A” grade when doing the bare minimum for a class is rightly a “C” and never an “A.”
Grade inflation is a terrible result of this non-meritocratic system of grading performance.
A Pass/No Pass system encourages daring and risk-taking. Students would only get a “No Pass” if they refused to come to class or hand in any of the assignments.
The power of the Pass is in the freedom it brings to the closed mind and the horizons it provides to the open thought process of wondering instead of worrying.