Policy Vs. Philosophy
A teacher friend of mine asked a tough question the other day. What should a teacher do when he objects to a Board of Education Policy?
Let me give you the scenario. The school is underperforming and has been for a quite a few years. Many students are not on track to graduate on time because they choose to not attend school, not turn in assignments, and not behave appropriately in the classroom.
So, the Board of Education, many years ago, decided that the lowest grade a student can earn for the first quarter of a semester (1st and 3rd quarters) is a 45%. This would allow them to earn a 75% during the second quarter of the semester and a minimum of a 60% on their final (worth 20% of the grade) and still pass the course.
Philisophically, the Board of Education views this as a way to give students a chance. Even that student who turns in zero assignments or shows up twice during that first quarter of a semester. Philisiphically, the teacher views this as a way to provide students with grades they haven't earned.
I told him he should put an asterisk next to the 45 on the grade change forms he's recieved from the guidance office because he put their actual scores down instead of the 45's.