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no homework johnny? it’s okay!

15 January, 2008


That right there is the reason for the decline of American education. In case you don’t have time to click the link, the Cliff Notes version of the story is that in Council Bluffs, Iowa, high school teachers are now being encouraged NOT to give kids a zero if they don’t turn in homework. Instead, they should give them half credit so they can rebound from mistakes and still get an okay grade.

Since when do we say it’s okay to not to the work, but still get a good grade? High schoolers are old enough to know that they need to turn in their homework if they want to earn good grades. It’s only a “recommendation,” but it’s a ridiculous one at that.

If we continue to reward mediocrity and kids who slack off and don’t do their work, what do they think the future work force is going to be like?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. DeEee permalink
    15 January, 2008 5:28 pm

    Ah, self esteem bs. You might want to read The Me Generation by Twenge, PhD. It has a really long subtitle, but it also has a great chap on the self esteem craze. Although an academic, Twenge is surprisingly accessible and timely. But, I should warn, not all of her data is supported.


  2. Josh permalink
    16 January, 2008 9:05 am

    One of my biggest pet peaves is rediculous education tactics like this. I’ll spare you guys the lecture (read: rant), but I will say that kids should be taught that it’s okay to fail for appropriate reasons, but apathy, etc., are not among them.

    I’ll also say that I very strongly believe that most schools in America put too much emphasis on effort and not enough on knowing the material. Obviously this is not the case at the school in question, but it was at the various schools I went to and I’m sure it is elsewhere.

  3. 17 January, 2008 8:41 am

    DeEee, thanks for the tip!

    Josh: Exactly. If these kids come into the real world expecting everything to be like school was for them, they have another thing coming. Why would we want to set up an entire generation for failure like that? Failure is hard to accept, but if a child understands it, it’s a much healthier experience for them as adults.


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