Wednesday, August 21, 2013

You Can't Flunk ... Only Your Teacher Can

During an evening dinner out not too long ago with a group of people, the conversation was as lively as it was all over the place. 

Fast-paced. Enjoyable. Interesting.

And then, at one point, it turned to the subject of school. That school "started so early this year" ... earlier than ever. About our personal experiences with school as kids. What school used to be for us. Why in the world has discipline been removed from schools? Things like that.

And then came "the bombshell" ...

"Well ... here's what I think: Every student that enters a class automatically has an A+. If their grades suffer as the year progresses, it's the teacher's fault. Their grades are a direct reflection on how a teacher teaches, not on how a student learns ..."

All of us just looked at her with our chins in our laps.

Agree? Or disagree?

Chime in, Folks ...

.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )


  1. Disagree. When I was a teacher (many many MANY years ago) I figured the kids started with a blank slate. Every assignment had a value, and when you added all those values up at the end of the grading period, then you had the grade. It might be a D or an A, but it was what the kid honestly earned.

    Vanity grading, like vanity sizing, just messes up people's minds.

  2. also disagree!

    i was a smart kid, but didn't do much work. my grades were reflective of that. It's not the teacher's fault if I never cracked a book. did he or she fail me in that they didn't motivate me to get all gung-ho? no way. my issues, my grade.