“Class sizes nearly give free pass to repeating pupils”
In reading this article, it stated that a student that received a grade of 42% in her social studies class was almost advanced without the proper passing grade. The passing grade is 60% and the reason that was given to the family was that the classroom was full. There were going to be 34 students in the class where as the limit was to be 29. To not have an over crowded classroom, five students where to be given a pass in the course that had previously been held back.
Now, this writer could dig into the overcrowded classroom situation and the management of it by the Education Department, however there is a bigger issue here that needs to be looked at. As a society, in today’s world, we complain all the time how our children do not have the same work ethic that we have. Well the question we need to ask ourselves is this; how do we give this to them if, without working for it, they get a free pass when they have not completed what was required?
In using the example above, we are teaching children that it is fine to not want to work towards a goal because you are going to reach the goal anyway. There is absolutely no initiative for a child to put in any effort to accomplish anything. This will affect how they enter the workforce and complain about not getting promotions, and also wonder what happened when they do get held back for lack of effort.
There was a time in life where children did not get rewarded for a lack of effort and just were not handed “trophies” for just showing up. The writer believes that once the values of getting rewarded for an accomplishment are again instilled we will not have to complain about today’s youth. In not coddling them will teach the absolute life lesson.
Oh, in case you are curious, once the students mother found out about this, she wanted assurances it would never happen again from the powers that be. What she realizes is that the proper gift to her child is demonstrating hard work is the only way to reach goals. Good for her!!