9/13/2012 10:14:00 AM
One lowly teacher, regardless of reason stood up and said, if a zero is deserved a zero you get. Over the summer another teacher stood up and said, ditto!! There you have it, two teachers. In the entire province of educators there are only two teachers who believe marks should be earned? Two teachers who believe students must actually do the work to earn marks? Two teachers with back bone?
Sure maybe both these teachers are complete asses. Maybe no one likes them. Maybe they don’t rank high on the ‘I love you list’ from students or other teachers for that matter. Popularity isn’t the issue. Subordination isn’t the issue. Teaching is the issue. When you send your child to school you expect that in twelve years they will learn the fundamentals of learning, not regurgitation. Any fool can parrot, not any fool can learn and life is about the ability to learn, to adapt, to advance.
This crap about esteem makes me want to gag with a wooden spoon. Esteem ought to be generated at home. A parent should instinctively know if their child is actually doing the work. What kind of parent really wants their child to get an underserved mark. Wouldn’t that set your kid up for natural failure? The world is a tough teacher. Get used to it!
But I digress. What surprises more about this whole issue is the number two. Two teachers. Are you telling me that hundreds of teachers in Alberta actually believe the crap about unearned marks? Do they actually believe a child should just be passed along until they hit the streets and if fundamentally they are ‘stupid’ that’s okay? A teacher’s responsibility is to teach! If a child is taught that reward comes without effort or work what have we done?
Every teacher in Alberta who actually believes they teach should pick a day and stand on the front lawn of their school in support of teaching, not just these two, but TEACHING! Frankly every parent who believes in teaching should join them. What a disgrace for Alberta Education, the ATA and every school board that this has gone on for so long.
What has this mess taught everyone??