One thing I’ve really been struggling with lately, is the idea of assessing some students who are strong speakers, but weak writers. I know in our curriculum, oral communication and writing both are worth 25% of the student’s overall grade, but it really brings down the mark of a student if they are strong in one area, but weak in the other.
I’m wondering if our grading system needs an overhaul? With the advent of technologies like Dragon Dictation and the voice to text application on the New iPad, are we really going to need to know how to physically hand write or type? I’m sure some people will still prefer these methods, but the technology is already here so that those skills are becoming antiquated. I mean, my toddler won’t really need to know how to physically write since we already have verbal means for her to communicate and have it be turned to text.
So it leaves me wondering. Are we giving these students grades lower than they deserve because they can’t express their ideas well in a written format? Do we need to revisit the curriculum standards?
As a disclaimer, this message is not meant to suggest that writing is becoming antiquated. The ability to coherently express one’s ideas is always an important skill. I’m more so suggesting that the physical actions of hand writing and typing, in my opinion, will become antiquated skills at some point in the future.