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West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Va., has stopped grading failing students with an “F” in favor of an “I” for “incomplete.” That way, they say, they’re encouraging students to go on to complete the work and material that they were unable to finish on time, and it avoids the stigma associated with a failing grade. “Who cares if you learned it on Monday or Tuesday,” associate superintendent Mickey Mulgrew says, “as long as you learned it?” Other schools are also experimenting with grades, with mixed reaction from parents and teachers. Some teachers are furious, claiming that eliminating the chance for failure gives teachers less leverage, while also giving students unrealistic expectations about the adult world they soon will enter. (JW/Washington Post) ...A really stupid idea? Looks like the “I”s have it.
Original Publication Date: 12 December 2010
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