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Should schools be banned from giving zeroes as grades?

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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Schools Are Wimps When It Comes to Giving Kids Failing Grades

posted by Ericka Sóuter 


gradeI am all for coddling our little kids a bit. I mean, who wants their pre-teen to know about all the horrors this world has to offer. There should be some innocence, some wonder (if the Internet hasn't already killed it). But some people take the over-protective thing too far. A middle school in Lake County, Florida has banned teachers from giving out the grade "zero" because it is "overly negative to the student." They don't want the kids feeling bad about it. But shouldn't they?

Now, it's been a few decades since I was in junior high. But if memory serves me correctly, a kid is scoring a zero on an assignment didn't even try. If that's the case, shouldn't they know and understand they did a bad job and that they need to try harder the next time?

Not giving him/her a zero accomplishes one thing: it teaches them that there are no consequences -- or at least not ones that they need to worry about. One of the best lessons we can teach our kids is to work hard in school. It is the only way they can carve out a future for themselves. Hell, you even need a college degree to get a job at some McDonald's in this country. Bottom line is, education is important. So they need to respect the notion of working hard in school from the start. 

In their defense, a rep for the school said, "There's definitely consequences. More importantly, it teaches kids we want them to succeed, we want them to do well."

Not buying it. You teach a kid that you want them to succeed by giving them the tools to do just that. Letting them off easy is not a lesson that will help. Yes, we should worry about their feelings -- but not for this. How does sparing them a grade of zero when they deserve it prepare them for the real world? That's not to say we can't cut them some slack in other areas. They don't have to be the fastest runner or always score a touchdown (at least I don't think so). But they should always, always, always feel they have to work hard in school. A zero is clear proof that they didn't.

What do you think of this "zero" ban?

by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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chicken13
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Hey you get what you earn.  It's a good life lesson at any age. 

momofsixangels
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM


Quoting chicken13:

Hey you get what you earn.  It's a good life lesson at any age. 

agree

PinkButterfly66
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I think that if the kid didn't do the assignment or didn't bother to turn it in should get a zero.  They're not going to be coddled once they get to college or out in the workforce.

lizzig
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM
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 seriously??  kids don't show up to class, turn in no papers/projects, take no tests & they shouldn't get a zero?

i'm not sure i really want to be around when this generation of coddled children starts running everything!  it's going to be a sad world!

proudmommy690
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM
Agree. How stupid!

Quoting lizzig:

 seriously??  kids don't show up to class, turn in no papers/projects, take no tests & they shouldn't get a zero?


i'm not sure i really want to be around when this generation of coddled children starts running everything!  it's going to be a sad world!

suziejax
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Get what you earn I say!

zoo003
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM
This kind of mentality is one of the many reasons why we switched our high school student into a charter school. Her previos school believed that the students shouldn't be penalized for turning assignments in late. If it was turned in by the end of the trimester, then they would receive full credit (even if the teacher had a due date). If you don't want to study for a test, no problem. Just keep retaking it until you received an a. This was a school wide policy. We felt that it set kids up for failure. The real world has deadlines that must be adhered to or there are consequences. Plus, how is it fair for a kid who never turned anything in on time and never studied for a test to receive the same grade as a student who did?
heydooney
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM
I think the rep ought to work on his grammar.
MamaMandee
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM
Agreed!

Quoting suziejax:

Get what you earn I say!

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taniamorse85
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Completely ridiculous.   If you fail to do the work, you should get a zero.

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