Recently, a teacher in Alberta (that’s in Canada folks) got suspended for giving grades of zero on assignments that students did not hand in. Hmmmm…. zero work = zero marks. Makes sense to me. But apparently some namby pamby pack of idiot school administrators were more concerned about students not feeling bad than they were about raising members of society who actually have something resembling a work ethic.
Ms. Wente over at the Globe and Mail sums it up nicely in her own way. You can read it for yourself, so I don’t need to repeat what she says. Thankfully the backlash has been against the idiot administrators and not the teacher.
I’m really hoping this no zero policy (and those equally stupid no fail policies) disappears before I get my kids into school or I’m going to be forced to shell out the big bucks for a school where my kids can face failure, humiliation, obstacles to overcome, opportunities to lose, and serious consequences for not meeting expectations. If they are going to feel good about themselves, I want it to be based on something real, like character that they’ve developed and actual accomplishments, instead of handouts for doing dick all.