Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:39 pm Post subject: Failure is no longer an option in Saskatchewan
What do you think, folks? Did Brad Wall arrive too late? What will these "hothouse tomatoes" do when they hit the real world and someone expects them to perform regardless of the status of their self-esteem?
Failure may no longer be an option at a Saskatchewan high school. To spare students' hurt feelings and damaged prospects, Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon is considering no longer issuing failing grades starting at the end of January. Instead of grades below 50%, students would receive "incomplete" or "no mark" on their report cards and transcripts, said Nutana principal Shirley Figley. If the school makes the change, which is still under discussion with the school division, parents and students, Ms. Figley believes it will be the first high school in the country to do away with failing grades on a school-wide basis. "Failing marks do not encourage student engagement with school," she said yesterday, pointing to the permanent scar on a student's transcript, as well as negative effects on motivation and self-esteem. Teachers are also demoralized when they hand out failing grades, because many see it as indicative of their own efforts, Ms. Figley said. "Just like doctors don't want patients to die, teachers don't want their students to fail."
I think it's great. These kids could go through life never failing in school, always getting a medal in sports, and never losing at anything. That way, when they become adults, they can create a world where there will never be any loser again in Canada. Oh my, dare to dream!
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