26 Jan 2015

This School District’s Plan To Dramatically Improve Graduation Rates; Increase Fairness Is INSANE!!

In Monroe County, Tennessee it’s against official school policy to give high school students lower than a 60% on any paper, project or test, after all everyone deserves the chance to graduate high school! 
A new grading system is about to get underway in all Monroe County public high schools.
Board members decided to set the minimum failing grade for students at 60 percent. Monroe County Schools explains the policy change is to ensure all students have the opportunity to pass classes and graduate, but it’s stirring up some opposition. With a majority rule, the school board adopted a grading system that would make it more difficult for students to fail.

Director of Schools Tim Blankenship said in a statement “the minimum failing grade in grades 9-12 will be 60 percent.”
With 30 years’ education experience, Janie Harrill was one of three board members who voted against the measure.
“I feel that we are not teaching our students they have to be responsible for the choices they make in life.”

This is just about helping high school kids get their diploma,” says Larry Stein, a board member on the Monroe County Board of Education who voted to approve the policy.
For Stein, the new policy makes it easier for students to dig themselves out of a hole instead of quitting altogether.
“A 60% is still a failing grade. But, it averages in better than that 0% or 10% does, which is devastating,” says Stein.

But, not everyone agrees. Sonya Lynn is one of three board members who voted against the new policy.
“If someone says I’m going to give you this, then I’m not going to apply myself. If it’s there, why should I apply myself? Why should I learn anything,” says Lynn.

Read More:http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2015/01/13/60-becomes-new-zero-for-monroe-county-students/21715941/ 

2 comments:

  1. "This is just about helping high school kids get their diploma,” says Larry Stein, a board member on the Monroe County Board of Education who voted to approve the policy." Maybe Mr. Stein just hates America and wants to
    destroy it? That hypothesis is much more consistent with his position.

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  2. I dun got me diploma in munrow country skool and i is as smart as wot is everyon else is. i am werking a gud job two, i be mowing lawns four five dolars a hour! :-) sew do'nt say the boord r dum.

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