So, I have a sixth grade son.
About two weeks before the winter break, he started a project. The kids all knew that it would be a major portion of their grade for social studies/history.
They could choose to work in groups or solo. My son chose solo, because, he told me, last group project ended with him doing the whole thing anyway, so it was easier to just work on his own.
They had class time for the project, but were expected to work on their own time as well and they had five weeks to do it, though ten days of this was over the break.
Yesterday, we got a note home. It had Conrad's score 73 of 75 points for the report and 23 of 25 for the oral presentation, total 96 points out of 100 possible.
I talked to him about how he could have improved, but then I saw the note on top, which I had to sign and send back.
It said that the teacher is allowing the kids who didn't do well to redo their reports to get their grades up. I saw the teacher at the grocery store later in the evening and asked about it. Conrad was only one of 5 kids (out of two classes of 29 kids) who actually put forth the effort to do research and complete the project acceptably.
So, do you think that a do over of this is appropriate? Or should the kids learn from their mistake?
I'm torn and I know I might feel differently if my child had not done well, but I also make sure he works on his school work and puts forth a decent effort to do well. This particular son, doesn't need much pushing, but I also make sure second son (the one who tries to do the very least he can to get by) does his work as well.
So, again, for those of you who have made it this far:
If the majority of a class fails a project, paper, test, etc. should there be a chance given for the kids to get a better grade, or should they learn from their experience and do better next time?