It’s easy to skate through life when you really want to and when the competitive edge is taken away for you in high school, why should you take the harder routes?
The Washington Post reports that West Potomac High School is taking ‘F’ off its grade books and replacing it with an ‘I’ for incomplete. According to the article, ‘[t]he change in educational philosophy is intended to encourage students to continue working toward mastery of material rather than accepting a failing grade and moving on.’
Of course, instead of improving the quality of education and getting the kids ready for the real world, let’s continue to coddle them even more by giving them extensions on their grades.
This is a bad idea.
The purpose of high school is to prepare you for the challenges of the real world. If a kid expects that he will always get an extension and he just can’t fail, that’s an unrealistic expectation for the rest of his life. The competitiveness of high school is so the kids who worked for it are able to continue their education in college.
This new system, in my opinion, is something that will continue to separate those who have always worked hard for their grades and giving those who don’t put in the effort even more opportunity to skate by and graduate.
In college, you do have the opportunity to get an Incomplete with a year long extension to complete the work. This is only in extraordinary circumstances that you have to prove to your professor. More often than not, unless the circumstances are obviously beyond your control, the professor will say “Sorry, try again.”
Because that’s how the real world works.
You don’t get constant opportunities to finish your work. When you are given a task, you are expected to complete it on time. If you don’t?
You’re out. NEXT.
Life is a competition. There will always be people out there who are just as qualified as you, if not more, doing the same thing that you do. If you expect to skate through life, you will be sorely disappointed.
West Potomac High School, you want the kids to learn the material? Teach it to them in the proper manner. Make sure that your teachers are qualified to properly tutor students when they have questions instead of throwing them into the readings without explanation.
Don’t give your students a way to cheat the system, and essentially, cheat themselves.
What do you guys think about this? Is this a good idea?
I would love to hear from parents’ take on this particular issue.