Carnival of Educators

Notes From A Homeschooling Mom is hosting the Carnival of Educators.  (Email Andrea if you want to be a future carnival host.)

Siobhan Curious, a Canadian literature teacher, writes about an 18-year-old student who’s desperate to pass her course after seven weeks out of school trying to help his father save a failing business.

. . . I think – although I’m not sure – that the most compassionate thing I can do for Yannick will be to make him face the consequences of his choices, and recognize that they WERE choices.

. . . if there is one thing teaching has brought me to believe with all my heart, it’s that we all – students, teachers, parents, children, politicians, criminals, cats and dogs – need to learn the principal of cause and effect.  If you spend more than you earn, you will go into debt.  If you don’t go to class, you will fail your courses.  And if your family business is going to hell in a handbasket and you can’t go to school because you’re working 12 hours a day at the shop, then maybe a year away from school is exactly what you need.

. . . I don’t think that any more allowances or exceptions will do him any favours.

Already on academic probation, Yannick has a very slim chance of passing enough courses to stay in school.

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  1. Thanks for posting this, Joanne. Just a note, though – I’m Canadian, not British!

  2. I’ll fix that.

  3. Why do so many of us teachers go on and on about some larger moral meaning to flunking a student? I don’t understand why a lightweight nobody–who is in all likelihood lying about his father’s business–should get this much attention.

    The kid can either be allowed to turn in late work or not. As a rule, I would allow a kid to turn in work and grade it. If he can do the work, he passes. If he can’t, he flunks.

    Most teachers would refuse to allow the late work. Fine. But why go on and on about the moral rationale for doing so? It’s not about morality. It’s the teacher’s choice. Nothing moral one way or the other.

  4. Mike Curtis says:


    Sometimes, it’s not the teacher’s choice. As a public school teacher, Ive been asked to provide (for want of a better term) a correspondence course for students who are bedridden, suffering periodic palsy, or physical deformities that would interfere with classroom attendence. None of these have caused me any concerns…the kids needed help due to conditions beyond their control.

    What I have objected to, has been when a student was enrolled in my class, then, got arrested for criminal activity and subsequently incarcerated in a juvenile detention facility for months. In order to keep the student enrolled in school, which impacts state funding to my district, I’ve been directed to send curriculum packages to unknown people and to grade the returns for my school as if the student had actually attended and participated in my course. My administrators tell me it’s what the state demands…By definition, this is academic dishonesty. But, it’s part of the public school work environment.

  5. I used to really like those education carnivals. Then they made it possible to slap up these cut and paste things that reflected no thought or effort on the part of the carnival hosts. Who knows if those articles are worth reading? The carnivals are just random lists of who knows or care what.