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MA public school drops grading (teachers' union triumphs)
Fox 25 Boston Live | 2/6/13

Posted on 02/06/2013 5:49:30 AM PST by pabianice

Schools in Billerica, MA, have dropped grading to make poor students feel good about themselves. Per Fox, the former grading by number (90%, 75%, etc.) has been banned and in its place arbitrary letters have been assigned. A "C" can be anything from a 76% to 100%, with special credit for trying hard and doing homework.

This is another blow from the teachers' union but not entirely unexpected. One has to remember that a big chunk of the 2009 "stimulus" went directly to government unions. The teachers' unions allow no grading of its teachers, so why should the teachers allow grading of their students? Meanwhile, MA is proposing an insane gun grab modeled after the law just passed in New York. Punish the innocent and reward the guilty.


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1 posted on 02/06/2013 5:49:36 AM PST by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Billerica still has to report on MCAS success if they want to retain state funding. They may have stopped publishing grades but I’ll bet they still grade; they have to to remain compliant with state and federal mandates under NCLB.


2 posted on 02/06/2013 5:53:13 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: pabianice
I work in this state, but there is no way I would consider living in it.

It is the world's largest open ward!

3 posted on 02/06/2013 5:53:39 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: pabianice

Schools in Billerica, MA, have dropped grading to make poor students feel good about themselves.

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How ignorant! It will have exactly the OPPOSITE EFFECT.


4 posted on 02/06/2013 5:55:22 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: pabianice

In other words, parents and employers will have no idea how a student did in class.

Which means the school/teachers get paid no matter how badly they do.

Ban Public Schools.


5 posted on 02/06/2013 6:08:54 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Yes they will, if you are from MA you don’t get hired.


6 posted on 02/06/2013 6:13:27 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: pabianice
What the Despised Rich, Smart Kids, and Fallen Heroes Have in Common
7 posted on 02/06/2013 6:19:27 AM PST by Heartlander (Scientists animated by the purpose of proving that they are purposeless are interesting to study)
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To: Gabz; SoftballMominVA; shag377; humblegunner; metmom
How is this the fault of the union? The School board is the ones that have set this as policy. The board is elected by the families in that district. the board is also the ones that hires the Superintendent.

Let's put the blame where it belongs, right on the families and the board.

8 posted on 02/06/2013 6:27:59 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: pabianice

“...special credit for trying hard and doing homework...”

Obligatory, ***You’ve got to be sh*tting me.***


9 posted on 02/06/2013 6:34:40 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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To: pabianice

MA and the teachers haven’t failed. The parents have. The parents pay taxes. The parents vote on the school board. The parents can’t be bothered to attend school board meetings or volunteer at school or make sure Johnny did his homework.


10 posted on 02/06/2013 6:41:05 AM PST by bgill
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To: pabianice

When Billerica students try to get into college without any measurement of their performance, then let’s see how good they feel about themselves.


11 posted on 02/06/2013 6:43:36 AM PST by kidd
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I don't see a problem.....if you eliminate grading of the students you eliminate the written record of the failure to teach. It makes perfect sense!

.......let's sing,,,"look for...the union label"....

12 posted on 02/06/2013 7:00:42 AM PST by wesagain (The God #Elohim# of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: kidd

What makes you think anyone from Bill-Riccah ever went to college?


13 posted on 02/06/2013 7:36:38 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: pabianice
It was aaid by wise person: “If the student failed to learn, the instructor failed to teach.”

It was also said by one of the nation's preeminent professors: “Those who can, do...those who can't teach.”

If instructors can't differentiate among students and can't determine how well they are doing then the ignorant parents will surely relish being in the old folks home being cared for by their nondescript children who can't determine what care is adequate. At least the parents will love having their children around because their lack of talent prevented them from every leaving home.

14 posted on 02/06/2013 12:30:06 PM PST by snoopy 'n linus
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