Here's some predictable news from our dreadful public school system....
The Council Bluffs Community School District in Council Bluffs Iowa is recommending a novel approach to the grading of homework. If a student does not turn in his or her assignments, the grade will be a 50 instead of a big fat zero. So in other words, if a kid doesn’t do squat and turns in absolutely nothing, then he or she automatically earns 50 points.
This idea has already caught on with lots of schools across the country and the rationale that Council Bluffs uses is pretty much the same; that is to prevent a bad grade from doing irreparable harm.
The educational leadership loves this idea because all of a sudden, a whole bunch of flunkies can expend a minimal amount of effort to pass a class. The slackers love it because their apathy and laziness is handsomely rewarded. And some parents like it because they are already so detached from their child’s abysmal academic performance that all of these second chances mean that they still don’t have to get involved in their education.
The teachers and administrators that endorse such a disastrous program are the most awful examples of educators I can think of. What kinds of employees might these shiftless slackers become after graduation? Their dumb-asses will never succeed in college, so high school is their last chance to learn about success and failure. And the lazy teachers just keep passing them along. You could understand if they were jocks or something. Passing along the star quarterback who is a failure in the classroom, still helps out the football program. That I get, but passing a slack-jawed, desk drooler who doesn't contribute anywhere else doesn't do any thing but harm the kid in the long run.
Nothing motivates like the humiliation and embarrassment of failure in front of one's peers. And it just might be the kick-in-the-pants the parents need to finally pull him out of high-school and enroll him in cosmetology, Roto-Rooter, or bookie classes. After all, the rest of us will always need somebody to cut our hair, plunge our toilets, or take our bets.