A Teach for America teacher blogs that 38 out of 105 students are failing her science class. Most don’t attend regularly.
I was surprised at the backlash I got from some teachers. One teacher actually suggested that I take the ones who only have 15 or 16 class cuts and give them 65s. HOW IS THAT FAIR??? I have one girl who has cut class 18 times, and when she does show up, is usually 15 minutes late (class is only 47 minutes long). She has a 39% and is missing 16 out of 24 graded assignments. How is it fair to give her a 65, when some of my students are in class, working, every single day to get a 65?
The same teacher also told me that if my ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students really want to learn, they can do that when they go to college — that I should make their tests embarrassingly simple, so that I don’t look bad for having lots of failures. I explained to him that my ESOL students who actually try (ask for help, go to the free tutoring center at the school, attend every day, attempt homework, etc.) have B+s or higher. . . . He said, “Well sure…the kids who want to try can do well. But what about the kids who don’t want to try?”
She plans to fail all students who finish the term with failing grades.