School Board Stops Teachers From Giving Failing Marks To Students
The goal of the new grading system is to help students’ self esteem. Patricia Russell runs a non-profit that advises colleges and school districts on grading alternatives called Mastery Transcript Consortium. According to Russell, not failing students is a good thing because “We’re talking about people who are very young, and labeling them at such an early age as ‘less than’ or ‘more than’ can have significant psychological repercussions.” She added, “Some things in life are zero-sum games, but learning should not be.”
While learning is definitely a life-long activity, not everyone feels that eliminating failing grades will do anything to help students, and many people have taken to social media to state their feelings about the change.
One person argued that failing grades should be a part of school because “failure is a part of life.”
This just shows how bubblewrapped the new generation is. Faillure is a part of life.
— TheBeardedOne (@ShantP1) December 9, 2021
Another person complained that giving a child a do-over in school instead of a failing grade is the same as giving everyone a participation trophy at a youth sporting event.
Participation trophies for education. Ffs 🤦🏻♂️
— The Rodyssey (@TheRodyssey) December 9, 2021
Yet another person called the elimination of failing grades “coddling.”
This generation needs to learn lessons in life, which are consequences to their actions. You don’t study or pay attention in class, you fail that’s simple. None of this coddling BS!
— Steph (@Stephy_72) December 9, 2021
Some parents worry that giving students “do-overs” won’t prepare them for life as an adult since most workplaces don’t give do-overs.
My kids have do overs. Are the teachers getting soft? If I screw up at work I don’t get a do over. When I was in high school you missed a test you missed a test and that was that.
— Canadian Girl (@Justhangingou17) December 9, 2021
Do you think eliminating failing grades will motivate students to actually learn the subject matter, or do you think all it’s doing is failing to prepare them for adult life?