why are grades at US higher educational institutions confidential?
without violating any confidences, the gist of it was that student grades were classified at the super-double-duper level and must never be revealed or leaked, except when we send them out randomly to strange people we’ve never met, on request
why is this?
I don’t mean the legal reason, I mean the pedagogical, administrative and ethical rationale?
prima facie, grades at higher educational institutions ought to be a matter of public record, there is nothing to hide and performance of students is a matter of public interest
when I was a student names and grades were posted on notice boards for informal class assessments, and on bulletin boards in common areas for formal examination; that was how you found out what your grade was
it wasn’t always a nice process, people got upset, euphoric, faint or ebullient in random measure, and then, to be fair, mostly drunk
but, it was fast, easy and everyone was just fine in the end
so, why does the US higher educational system insist on such secrecy?
is this something to push back against, or is no harm done?