- “You need to decide if the paperwork is worth it, as a young teacher you have more to worry about.”
- “Have you done absolutely EVERYTHING to ensure that the student would not fail”
- “If most students are failing because the will not do homework, why do you assign homework?”
- “Have a makeup packet for students that are failing the final week so they can pass”
Is this preparing students to be college ready? Aren’t we teaching kids you can wait to the last minute, you don’t have to work hard, if you don’t do it, no worries the teacher will not count it? Those are not habits that set our students up for success. Do successful students ask why the teacher failed them or do they reflect on their own shortcomings. In the end, who is the passing requirement really hurting? Students that have not mastered the material are passed year to year, falling continuously further behind. We now face eleventh grade students that cannot read a picture book asking for a grade because they are present.