Thursday, November 26, 2015

Schools must stop lowering standards

If you find yourself on the job hunt in the near future, try talking about all of the effort you bring to the table, irrespective of results.

Presumably, you’d be laughed out of the boardroom, and there is a reason for that—trying hard is irrelevant. For the generation ascending through school presently, however, effort over aptitude is the new reality.

This is apparent in a policy held by the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s high schools, where students will not see any grades that drop below 35% on their midterm report cards this fall.

And it’s not because everyone is acing their classes.

Rather, the public board has determined that, “at the end of the day, it’s about encouraging and supporting students to reach their full potential.”

Silly me—I thought that elevating their potential was far more significant.  (more...)

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