F or H?

You can’t fail at some schools, reports ABC News.  Instead of an F, Grand Rapids students get an H (Held) and 12 weeks to make up the work.

Alan Kazdin, a professor of psychology and child psychiatry at Yale University, argues that children need clear information on how they’re doing.

“The fact is children are failing yet we don’t want to call it that,” said Kazdin. “It’s this whole notion that everyone’s a winner and everyone gets a trophy.”

 “The task is to change the reality, not the labeling of it,” he said.

Providing detailed feedback on what children can do to improve their grades is imperative, said Kazdin.

Failing students know they’re doing poorly. What they don’t know is what they might do to improve. I saw that in reporting for Our School.

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  1. Catch Thirty-Thr33 says:

    Maybe this explains why some of the students in the history class in which I grade start crying when they see the big red Fs they EARNED on their blue books!

    Delaying those poor dears’ intersection with Reailty and all of the cruelties it can entail only makes the pain worse when it finally happens…

  2. Well, I’d like to see these students (assuming they can read and write well enough to correctly fill out a job application or make a resume) try to use that excuse on their boss (ummmm, i’ll need 12 weeks to get it done). I suspect they would be fired in less than an hour.

    This self-esteem BS and overwhelming sense of entitlement which passes for modern education will be the death of society in the United States.

  3. Lightly Seasoned says:

    Oh, don’t fret too much. I’ll be flunking a healthy number of kids in a few weeks. My students would improve if they did the work I assigned. I’m pretty sure they know that.