Grades, Portfolios, and Competency in the Age of Data

Report Cards from the late 1800s

This article from 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?