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<p> Grade Inflation Too often teachers award a grade of an "A" or a "B" to a student, when in reality the student doesn't know the material and a more realistic grade would be a "C" or even a "D." Parental or administrative pressure or curriculum timelines can place you in a position of awarding a grade that is not in line with your student's actual performance or ability. This is more of a problem for the student and the student's parents than for you. Students who have an inflated view of their own ability move on to the next marking period or the next grade with a lethal combination: an inflated view of their academic ability (overconfidence) and a lack of the prerequisite skills they need to succeed. This cockiness combined with the students perception of their true ability can produce anger-related issues that could translate into bullying behavior. These students ultimately become behavioral and academic problems for another teacher who often will blame you for the problem. Plus, another huge problem that arises is that the student's parents also develop the same inflated view of their child's ability. This grade inflation only produces future pain for the student, the parents, any of the student's future teachers, and maybe even you, down the road. Visit My Store </p>