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    In 6 years since I was in highschool it certainly has changed...

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    So my best friend is in school to become a highschool history teacher. Right now she's doing student teaching at a local high school. This is her first week at this school and she had to grade homework. Well, she was talking about how in this class students aren't allowed to fail. The lowest grade they can get is a 50% and that's if they do literally nothing. They also can't grade in red. I mean, this is HIGH SCHOOL so this is kind of bizarre to me. What do they gain from this? How does this prepare students for after high school? What benefits are there when doing this?
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    That's ridiculous. The lowest should be 0 and they should only get credit for the work they do. Way too coddling IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katinahat View Post
    That's ridiculous. The lowest should be 0 and they should only get credit for the work they do. Way too coddling IMO.
    Exactly! I get allowing late work or giving out extra credit or allowing students to redo work they did poorly on but they shouldn't get credit for doing nothing at all! That's crazy to me. Like these kids might end up with higher overall grades or whatever they are trying to do with this whole thing but I can't imagine they will have actually learned anything.
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    I think they will be in for a rude awakening if any of them manage to get into college.
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    When I taught in South Korea I wasn't allowed to use red ink. But that's because its associated with death.

    In America... an F is an F no matter what color you use. So is an A.


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    Is there a reasoning behind not grading in red?
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    Is there a reasoning behind not grading in red?
    It's "too negative" is what she told me.
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    Exactly! I get allowing late work or giving out extra credit or allowing students to redo work they did poorly on but they shouldn't get credit for doing nothing at all! That's crazy to me. Like these kids might end up with higher overall grades or whatever they are trying to do with this whole thing but I can't imagine they will have actually learned anything.
    Yeah for sure. Accepting late work for a % off, allowing rewrites for again a maximum %, etc. I totally agree with. But giving them 50% for showing up? That's goofy.
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    Well, if I was hired for a job and did absolutely nothing I would still expect to get 50% of my pay.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BiggyBiggs View Post
    Well, if I was hired for a job and did absolutely nothing I would still expect to get 50% of my pay.


    To be fair I would expect 100% of the pay for the like two hours I would last before they fired me.
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