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A school system can survive without grades only when all students, like  described Asians in the article "Why They Excel" by Fox Butterfield, along with  family and hard work values, treat highly the value of education. In the US,  where, unfortunately, the value of education in most cases is not the priority  number one, taking away a grade system would be a big mistake. In fact, the  grade system usually serves as the major and effective "knowledge booster" for  students. Grades stimulate and motivate students' academic performance.  Therefore, nonavailability of the grade system will only weaken students' believes  and attitudes towards education.  I can draw the comparison line with an example of the reward system and  system of punishment in the government. If you did something good - be  rewarded (get bonus at work, be in the honor list, etc), if you did something bad -  be punished by law (go to the jail,  be castigated, admonished and so on).  Unsurprisingly, it works. It helps our society to be in a stable and law-abiding 
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