Some California schools have announced they will be dropping D and F grades, due to the pandemic.
California high-schoolers might think they are catching a huge break, but America’s education system could also be setting students up for a life of failure due to ignorance.
Standards for educational success continue to be diluted across the country, allowing students to “pass” with less and less performance.
“Some schools in California are using social justice tactics to try to repair the damage done to school-age children over the past almost two years of coronavirus lockdowns and remote learning,” reports Breitbart News.
“Our hope is that students begin to see school as a place of learning, where they can take risks and learn from mistakes, instead of a place of compliance,” Nidya Baez, assistant principal at Fremont High in Oakland Unified, said. “Right now, we have a system where we give a million points for a million pieces of paper that students turn in, without much attention to what they’re actually learning.”
“They [Ds and Fs] signal that a student did not learn the material and needs extra help. Dropping Ds and Fs doesn’t guarantee that students will learn the material, even with extra help, and may lead to grade inflation,” said Debora Rinehart, a math and science teacher in Oakland, California.
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“I will work with any student before or after school or even on the weekend to help them learn,” said Rinehart. “However, I will never lie about their knowledge level,” she said. “Not reporting Ds and Fs is the equivalent of lying about a student’s progress.”
“Graduating with a D, in career and technology courses, too, leaves students with few choices,” said Laura Schwalm, chief of staff of California Education Partners. “No one is saying water down grades. This is about giving support, not lowering standards, and looking for simple ways to make grading more fair, to give kids a fighting chance and to measure what students know with multiple opportunities to show that.”
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