Public Schools Losing the Right to Fail Students

Scoring a "F" on a paper might be a thing of the past, thanks to new public education practices.

Scoring an "F" on a paper might be a thing of the past, thanks to new public education practices.

Nobody likes spending an entire semester struggling to understand a difficult course, only to get an “F” and have to retake the class. Well, that is now illegal in some states, including California, Massachusetts, and Texas.

Many middle and high schools around the nation have done away with failing grades. Some schools now give students an “H” grade, which means grades are being held until the student does some sort of make-up work to improve his/her grade. A policy known as “ZAP” (Zeros Aren’t Permitted) is also being used to give students extra time to finish a late assignment.

Is this practice going to improve the education that students receive? Nobody knows yet. Students like this policy because it gives them a chance to continue trying to understand a subject until they grasp it, without the chance of failing a grade and falling behind in their education. However, several case studies have shown that only 16% of students who received an “H” grade passed the class during their second semester.

Michael Petrilli, a researcher at Stanford University, thinks this new grading system will lower education standards and harm the students in the long run.?

“All this does is create cynicism among educators and send signals to students that the education system is not serious about achievement,” Petrilli said.

I personally went to a high school where “Failure Isn’t An Option.” Teachers were not allowed to fail a student, even if the student failed every single assignment. My classmates and I knew this, and we laughed about it. We didn’t see any point to slaving away over a homework assignment or pulling all-nighters for an exam. Why did we need to apply ourselves when we knew we could not fail? Since failue wasn’t an option, we had no incentive to study.

From personal experience at my school, “Failure Isn’t An Option” was a joke among students, I have to agree with Petrilli.

via FoxNews

6 Responses to “Public Schools Losing the Right to Fail Students”

  1. rmtg8750 says:

    ok let’s play games here’s the first jeopardy round

    European capitals… The answer is Germany……. What is France?

    The answer is England…….What is Ireland? and so it continued in an AP Geography course which i began as a student teacher in the City of Chicago! At first I thought it was a joke and the kids were pulling my leg, but when I hit Spain the ones up against the map of the world were already looking for the stars which would semi-illuminate their minds. In the words of Chief O’hara from the old “Batman” television series, ” Saints preserve us!” it only gets worse….

    In a U.S. Government class from what i saw in an open notebook test the average score on working the amendments was 65%. Would you like this individual in politics representing your country,state or you local district? Oh yes and it can get worse…the principal is about to get demoted and she doesn’t care for anything else because her sister’s niece can’t write the notes quickly off of a Powerpoint presentation which was provided, by the student teacher in order to facilitate her “prospective handicap” which was illuminated to the student teacher but not to her mother, her aunt (the principal) ” etc. etc. etc. Yul Brynner from the “King and I”

    Yesterday I got sacked….God Bless the USA after 14 yrs in its military, 15 yrs in private business…I have seen the end…its time to reflect and pray….

  2. Brandi says:

    I’m with Kelsey, how can this possibly be a good thing? When there is no incentive not to fail, why would any student put their best foot forward? How does that make it possible for students who really do excel to get deserved credit and attention.

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