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I got tons of e–mails about the "no fail" policy which may or may not be taking place in your kids school.
I am a prof at the U of M and it must be true because a lot of students from this province are completely unprepared and are missing key concepts that should have been understood in high school. Especially mathematical concepts.
Hey Ace...It is indeed true!
My nephew was having trouble in school, being late, skipping (junior high), suspended continually and just not trying while in class. My sister in law asked the school what was going to happen to her son and if they would at least send homework home for him to make up the time lost while he was not there. The teacher told her that they would not send work home as his time away from school will not affect his moving to the next grade. My sister in law was told flat out that the school my nephew attended had a "no fail" policy.
Now my nephew is in high school and struggling. He still doesn’t apply himself and is on the verge on being kicked out still. I personally believe that the reason he is struggling and has been for a long time is because he was pushed through the system without having to meet the requirements at a young age.
I believe kids not only need an incentive to do well so that they can stay in classes with their friends, but we are not helping the kids educationally but just pushing them through in hopes they may "catch on" in the higher level.
Thankfully my daughter does not know of this "no fail" policy and I can still use the fact that she doesn’t want to fail to encourage her to do well. I am not even sure if the school division that she is in has a no fail policy to be honest......but I know it does exist because they used it with my nephew in his.
There is a no fail policy at Louis Riel School Division – only they don’t call it "no fail" they call it "age appropriate peers". So it doesn’t say that students won’t fail, but will be placed in a classroom with their "age appropriate peers"... which basically means they will be passed up with their class and won’t fail. If you go onto the Louis Riel website. and search for age appropriate peers, or contact the school division itself, it has an actual written policy on this. And no, I don’t agree with it!
It’s true that teachers are passing kids. When I was in high school, my brother was failing all subjects in grade 9. He was passed. When dad fought with the principal to fail him, the principal said it will affect the school’s funding and image if kids aren’t passing. I DO NOT agree with passing kids because they aren’t doing their work!!!
Giving kids a no fail policy is in effect making teachers glorified babysitters. Do you really think kids are going to try in school if they don’t have to? Our children will become a generation of people who don’t know anything and get a big surprise after school. Ben.
I work in a high school and most of the teachers in my school agree that the no fail policy in the younger years is ridiculous. The ones that shouldn’t be passing end up failing in high school because they can’t keep up – so the issue of kids self–esteem that they are trying to "protect" in the younger years is completely thrown out the window when they do fail in later years.
However, high school policies are now changing as well. Teachers aren’t allowed to have due dates that assignments are not accepted after – meaning that if there is a due date for an assignment, and a student doesn’t hand it in – they can still hand it in whenever they want. So for example if little johnny doesn’t do his homework all semester and in the last week decides that he should be handing assignments in to get marks, and hands them all in at once – the teacher HAS to mark them.
My question is this: What are we teaching our children?? That expectations don’t matter?? Also what is going to happen to these kids when they go on to university/college and this is not acceptable? It’s going to be a huge wake–up call!