Grades, Portfolios, and Competency in the Age of Data

Report Cards from the late 1800s

This article from TheGlobeAndMail.com discusses the fact that the current grading system we have now in most schools - A, B, C, D, F - discourages curiosity and exploration by punishing failure. Why branch out if you're going to get a 'D' on an assignment? Why work harder than needed to achieve an 'A', especially when your peers are achieving at levels far below you?