Why on earth was this teacher fired?
Another day, another progressive idea on how to educate our children.
This one is called the no zero policy. In Edmonton, a physics teacher with 35 years experience was fired. Why? Because he refused to comply with his school’s policy of never ever giving anyone a zero on anything.
What is the rationale for the no zero policy? You see… it's all part of formative assessment. What on earth is formative assessment? It’s a new way of assessing students. You ask the teachers for ongoing reviews. The teachers are seen more as friends and coaches. You ask the teachers to concentrate on the assignments the little darlings have deigned to complete.
Marks are not seen as a reward for work well done. Marks should not be used as punishment, they say. You don’t pit one student against another according to this new philosophy. We are told that every student can be successful.
If a student can’t be bothered to hand in an assignment, the teachers should ANALYZE the situation. Perhaps the student just does not understand the work. Perhaps it’s an issue of time management. Maybe there are issues at home. Who knows, maybe the dog DID eat the homework..
This new method suggests that students have all kinds of capacity and abilities. But if you have the ability to do a task and you don’t do it, guess what? It remains undone. If your boss at work gives you an important assignment try saying that you do have the ability and capacity to do the assignment, you just didn’t do it.
Do that a few times and you might find yourself discussing your ability and capacity in the unemployment line.
If there’s no downside to ignoring an assignment, why risk doing it and getting a bad mark? Out of six assignments, do the first two well, ignore the other four and you will still get a great mark. Please.
What do you think? Is it ever fair to give a student a zero? Give us your comments.