One more step towards the world of Idiocracy... We are so eager to create a world where everyone is 'equal' that we just keep lowering the bar. At this rate we might as well grant citizenship to chimps and gorillas, since they are far more intelligent than the kids who are getting H's on their report card.
Some schools stop giving F's - UPI.com
Published: Dec. 6, 2008 at 12:54 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Some schools in the United States have stopped handing out failing grades, or at least are delaying them while students get a chance to improve.
In Grand Rapids, Mich., work that would justify an "F" will get an "H" for "held," ABC News reported. The school superintendent, Bernard Taylor, said students will have several choices -- including retaking a course, doing additional work or agreeing on another plan with teachers -- but the grade will become a failing one if nothing is done within 12 weeks.
"I never see anyone doing anything but punishing kids," Taylor said. "If the choice is between letting kids fail and giving them another opportunity to succeed, I'm going to err on the side of opportunity."
Taylor and many other teachers and administrators say they believe many children quickly become discouraged and failing them contributes to the country's high dropout rate. He argues that children need to see a way forward.
Critics say the practice is amounts to coddling children.
"The task is to change the reality, not the labeling of it," said Alan Kazdin, a child psychiatrist at Yale.