Parenting · School

Zeros are real in my world

Last night, I was reading a story in my local paper about how a schoolteacher in Edmonton gives kids zeros. Yep, if a child doesn't hand in his work, then he gets a zero for it.

Shocking.

And I write that with great sarcasm.

What I don't write with sarcasm is that it appears that this teacher's school board is trying to fire him over it.

Seriously.

Here, you can read it too. I'll wait.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/teacher-who-gave-students-zero-marks-becomes-a-folk-hero/article4230726/

It's not April 1st, so the school board can't be kidding, so I have to wonder, what the heck are they thinking? Aren't they supposed to be supporting their teachers?

Aren't they also supposed to be supporting teaching our kids how to live in the real world? The world that if you don't do the work, you don't get paid, you get NOTHING – like a ZERO.

I think my kids can get a zero where they go to school, but I am going to ask them when they get home today because I believe we need zeros in schools.

Actually, I believe that we need all the numbers because even a 51%, means you still got 49% wrong and you'd probably be fired in the real world for that too.

Sigh. 

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7 thoughts on “Zeros are real in my world

  1. At our kids high school, yes yours and mine, the grade 9s and 10s don’t loose marks if they hand in assignments late. Try that at work, lol. Could be a very scary generation coming up.

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  2. I moved around a lot as a kid and teenager so was exposed to the “logic” of many different school systems. The school that I spent the majority of my high school years in had a policy that no matter how low your marking period grade was, the teacher could not put anything less than a 55 on your report card. Passing was a 60. This meant that you could screw around for three out of for marking periods, do okay on the fourth and the final exam and still pass for the year. Needless to say, this system did not inspire academic excellence…Fast forward to my kids’ high school years–their school has a similar policy but only for the FIRST marking period (allegedly giving kids time to adjust for the school year, etc). It’s still kinda crazy, but a vast improvement. As to zeroes for individual assignments, the district leaves it up to individual teachers, but I could tell by the strident and almost defensive tone of beginning of the year classroom rules notes written by zero-giving teachers that a majority of teachers do NOT give zeroes. I personally feel for the teachers who are under so much pressure from ranting and unrealistic parents and, in the case you pointed out, suffering from a lack of support from the school board. It’s the exact opposite of how it should be.
    Thanks for listening to me rant. 😉

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