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No More Grades

So my only school related anxiety over Christmas break was my grade in TOK, an 89. I knew that grades weren’t final yet, and that I would have to wait until school started to know my semester one grade for TOK. So far, I have managed to make all A’s,  and while i’ve had some close calls, I never expected TOK would be the only IB class that I wouldn’t make an A in. It ended up fine, my 4.0 was safe for another semester.

It’s not that I don’t think TOK as it is isn’t worth my concern, but I also think that it’s definitely less of a challenge than any of my other IB classes. And now it may not be a concern for me at all depending on the future of the no grade policy. No more grades in TOK would mean less for me to worry about, at least in terms of getting the grade I want. This would make me more confident in coming up with ideas and brainstorming for discussion, because if it’s wrong there’s no impact on my grade. There’s no risk.

Another reason I like the idea of removing grades from T…
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