Grading is Capitalist, Racist, and Exploitative

  • Providing “bonus points” to students who bring in school supplies for the class
  • Offering extra credit for event attendance outside of school
  • Rewarding students for having everything they need already in their backpack
  • Receiving “point deductions” for absences or tardiness beyond students’ control
  • Policing student cameras during remote learning; expecting them to have a designated workspace and high-speed internet access at home
  • Character Traits, Citizenship, “Politics of Respectability”: For example, “citizenship” marks for behavior often defined within a culturally incompetent perspective and so-called defiance / attitude / disrespect from students of color (often designated as “willful defiance”)
  • Assessment of Proficiency in Traumatic Curriculum: For example, family history projects, “buy a slave” / mock auction activities, whitewashed textbooks, colonized curriculum
  • Control Over Body Functions: For example, point deductions for / bonus points for not using bathroom passes, sitting in uncomfortable positions
  • Attention/Attentive Expectations: For example, staying seated for an entire class period, speaking or reading aloud, raising a hand to be seen and heard in class, not speaking “out of turn” (consider ADHD, anxiety, depression, neurodiversity, etc.)
  • Dress Code / Uniform: For example, students have to purchase “acceptable” clothing, and access to laundry machines/facilities or owning multiple sets of clothing (classism), often with definitive examples of skirt, sleeve, and neckline requirements (sexism), and even color of clothing (racism and conformity)
  • Personal Appearance: For example, discriminatory hair policies (racism, sexism), head coverings (sexism, Islamophobia), wearing of hats or hoodies (cultural incompetence, ethnocentrism), school uniform size and design limitations (fatphobia), policing of “overly revealing” clothing (racism, sexism/hypersexualization, fatphobia, toxic masculinity)

--

--

--

ABAR educator, SEED leader, Google-Certified Educator, Teach Plus California Senior Policy Fellow working toward culturally-affirming schools | NadiaRazi.com

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Perhaps It’s Time for EdTech, Not Educators, to Change

Becoming: a perspective from Nepal

Young Changemakers take center stage at the World Economic Forum

Experience the Difference!

3 Ways To Create Better Student Assignments And Work Less As A Teacher

9 Best Salesforce AppExchange Applications for Education

Old Skate Decks? New Opportunities!

The Medium is the Message

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Nadia Moshtagh Razi

Nadia Moshtagh Razi

ABAR educator, SEED leader, Google-Certified Educator, Teach Plus California Senior Policy Fellow working toward culturally-affirming schools | NadiaRazi.com

More from Medium

Some thoughts on strategy, and climate change, and feeling like you’re not trying your hardest…

The Time for Change is Now

GEN Z — Are We The Last Generation?

Why you should be exploring the data you already hold when designing a menopause policy for your…