This essay about the value of grades is written by, and from the perspective of a Montessori educated child who is now in high school. She writes about her experience with earning grades and how it relates to her experience with learning. I am grateful for contributions like this from people who are living examples of how Montessori method has impacted their lives. I can only speak as a teacher of Montessori, and not as someone who has experienced it personally. I often feel that my arguments automatically have an air of “grass is greener on the other side” because I can only speak to what I didn’t like about my childhood education, and what I think can be better for the future of our children. Words like these give me confidence for the kind of education I am offering children for a more peaceful future, and assurance that children are certainly not “missing out” on these aspects of traditional school.