DURHAM – Durham Public Schools System is giving out the ultimate participation trophy this year. Because of Pandemic Panic leading to shutting down in-person instruction throughout the county, and because remote online instruction is woefully inferior in actually educating students, the district came up with the masterful solution to merely give every student an A instead.
From the News & Observer:
Students that did next to nothing and would have failed miserably? A
Students that need actual instruction to learn these core teachings before progressing to the next grade? A, and a no-qualification-required promotion to even harder material despite your struggles. You’re welcome.
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There. Fixed it. Now everybody is an A student.
Now, obviously, the enormous gaps in education for these kids are not the kids’ fault. That blame falls squarely on groups like the Durham Teachers Association for holding the kids’ instruction hostage to radical political demands like Medicaid expansion and stimulus payments to illegal immigrants. It’s their fault.
“Our EOC’s are actually predicated on a certain number of days per year of face-to-face instruction. And we have not had that because of the pandemic,” Republican DPI Superintendent-elect Catherine Truitt told The N&O.
But are really doing these students a favor by turning every would-be ‘F’ into an ‘A’? Or is it a convenient way for the administrators to paper over their own policy failures that have demonstrably harmed the kids’ education?