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Teacher fired after refusing to abide by No zero’ policy when students didn’t hand in work

The future is stupid.

7 Responses to “Life in the future”

  1. Pat Umaporn Says:

    Can’t give a zero? Then, maybe, a one is order.

  2. Divemedic Says:

    I am a teacher. There are many rules that I find offensive as a teacher, a taxpayer, and as a parent. Two examples:

    Many schools have a rule in place that no one can receive a grade of less than a 50 on any assignment.

    Teachers are not allowed to give a student who is a speaker of a foreign language any grade below a C for the first 3 years they are in the country, even if they don’t do anything.

  3. Sidney Collins Says:

    There seems to be… as usual… some holes in this report. The investigation is incomplete. While I agree with those who bristle at the “no zeroes” policy, it is not clear that is an actual policy or the reason she was terminated.

    There should be a follow up report.

  4. Divemedic Says:

    I can assure you that the “mo zero” policy exists. The term for it is “healthy F.” The reasoning goes like this:
    If a student has a low enough grade, at about the halfway point of the school year, it can become possible for it to be mathematically impossible for the student to turn things around and pass the class. At that point, the student gives up and stops trying to learn anything, thereby wasting the school year. Giving nothing lower than a 50 allows the student to see the error of his ways and pull out a pass.

    Pure tripe, but that is the thinking. It is a fairly common policy in middle and elementary schools, less so in high schools.

  5. nk Says:

    It’s not the future, it’s Florida.

  6. MattCFII Says:

    As a former teacher I can confirm what Divemedic is saying. Luckily, I only taught at a high school that played with the no 0 idea but never implemented it. It is amazing what different trends come into education and are instantly latched onto and then quickly discarded. I only taught for 11 years but saw new fads come and go a shocking amount during that time.

  7. Siegen Says:

    Regarding the reasoning that Divemedic reported, when I studied Physics I in college, they had a different solution. Your final grade was calculated twice, once with a heavy weighting on homework and chapter tests, and once with most of the weighting on the final. The professor used whichever method gave the student the higher score. This allowed people who didn’t “get it” until the end of the semester (like me) the ability to pull out a decent grade, even if my early scores were poor.