An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
What’s a kid gotta do to get an “F” these days?
At a growing number of middle schools and high schools across the country, students no longer receive failing marks when they fail. Instead, they get an “H” — for “held” — on their report cards, and they’re given a chance to rectify their poor performance without tanking the entire semester.
Educators in schools from Costa Mesa, Calif., to Maynard, Mass., are also employing a policy known in school hallways as ZAP — or “Zeros Aren’t Permitted” — which gives students an opportunity to finish the homework they neglected to do on time.
While administrators and teachers say the policies provide hope for underperforming students, critics say that lowering or altering education standards is not the answer. They point to case studies in Grand Rapids, Mich., where public high schools are using the “H” grading system this year and, according to reports, only 16 percent of first-semester “H” grades became passing grades in the second semester.
HINT: In real life, there are no ‘do-overs’!
I’m sure everyone FEELS good making this part of education, but it accomplishes little when it comes to preparing the kids for the cold, hard realities of the ‘grown up’ world. If a kid knows you don’t expect him/her to do the best possible, that’s exactly what you are going to get. Is it really so surprising US schools have fallen so far behind other countries in education? This a trend that really MUST be reversed! Expect the best, in whatever your child does. It’s ok to fail, once, even twice. If a kid still doesn’t do the work required, then I’d look to the parents, and the teachers, for the short comings.