Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:35 AM
Just to give you an idea how it is in the real world for teachers. Our high school came out with a memo to teachers yesterday explaining that all kids learn at different levels and at different times. It went on to explain that if the kid fails a test, he might not have been ready to learn that subject. Therefore, if a kid fails the test, the teacher must be willing to let the child retake the test when the child is ready. And, the child will get the higher grade, not an average of the two grades.
This means that if a kid does not want to study for a test, he can just tell the teacher "I'll take it later when I'm ready". Then the teacher gets to make up a new test for this kid. The teachers are working long hours now. They don't have the time to give individual tests to 170 students.
The biggest problem is that a lot of the kids just refuse to do the work. They don't study and they don't do homework. They know the rule is that everyone passes.
The rationale of the memo is that just as long as the kid learns the material, that is all that is important. If he doesn't study or do his homework, then he should be given "redos" until he passes.
Lets apply that to real life. Say you are in a plane high in the sky. Your pilot didn't prepare for the flight because he was lazy or just didn't feel like it. The plane encounters a problem and crashes because of this . Everyone dies. Does he get a redo?
Or say the attorney has a death penalty case and doesn't prepare because he doesn't feel like it. The defendant is convicted, sentenced to death, and executed. Does he get a redo after the execution? I knew a guy who was executed. I know for a fact that a "redo" will not do him any good.
The system is broken. I don't know any teacher who likes the job or plans to stay in the job for any length of time. My son says at his university they have said that applications to the teaching program dropped by 50% this year. The local high school just lost a long time teacher because he got fed up. They got a replacement who quit the first day. Now they are looking for another replacement. They said the guy they hired was the only one who was qualified, so where do they find another person?
We are in an upscale community with good schools (at least the facilities are good). But I would guess that close to 50% of the students have given up and don't do anything.