‘F’ Grades Are History

December 6, 2008

Washington (ChattahBox) – Days of worrying about a failing grade may be over, after a decision from several school across the US to stop giving F’s, or at least holding off on failing a student until they have a chance to catch up.

At a school in Michigan, instead of an ‘F’, many students will get an ‘H’, which stands for ‘Hold’ until they decide on whether or not to retake a course, work with a teacher, or do extra credit work to make up the grade. If the student does not fulfill the requirements of the compromise in 12 weeks, then the grade will be reinstated to a ‘Fail’.

“I never see anyone doing anything but punishing kids,” says Bernard Taylor, Superintendent to the district. “If the choice is between letting kids fail and giving them another opportunity to succeed, I’m going to err on the side of opportunity.”

This decision has caused quite a bit of controversy amidst accusations of continued failing education standards in the US, as well as cries of “child coddling”. Whether this is a practice that will spread, or will backfire, it’s hard to say, but I know I for one will be keeping my eyes on this story, to see if it really works for better or worst.


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