Is it just me, or is the world getting crazier by the day?
Pittsburgh Public Schools officials say they want to give struggling children a chance, but the district is raising eyebrows with a policy that sets 50 percent as the minimum score a student can receive for assignments, tests and other work.
The pass mark is 60 percent, so it’s still possible to fail. The idea is, that if a students gets zero on a particular assignment or test, that they won’t have as far to catch up in the others.
At the same time, they said, the 50 percent minimum gives children a chance to catch up and a reason to keep trying. If a student gets a 20 percent in a class for the first marking period, Ms. Pugh said, he or she would need a 100 percent during the second marking period just to squeak through the semester.
“We want to create situations where students can recover and not give up,” she said, adding a sense of helplessness can lead to behavior and attendance problems.
Yeah – I’m sure students won’t be slacking off for the first semester in the belief they can cram for the second. They’ll be much more well behaved with this system, for sure! Ah, the benefits of public education.