The Carnival of Education, hosted this week by Teacher in a Strange Land, features a post by NYC Educator on Steve, who thinks he should be forgiven all his sins (doing no work until now) if he repents in the last month of school.
. . . whenever I go to check his work, he hasn’t done anything. And when I collect work, including tests, his papers are notoriously absent. A few days ago, he asked, “Mr. Educator, if I show up every day and do all the rest of the work, can I pass this class?”
. . . “It’s the third marking period. This is the one that counts.”
I don’t know exactly where kids get the idea that two thirds of the semester is just for practice, and that teachers will forget about it in the end. But it’s a very common belief. In meetings, we’re encouraged to pass kids who’ve failed most of the term if they catch up in the end.
NYC Educator hasn’t seen anyone blow off most of the year and catch up in the last month. But if Steve could do it, should he pass?