August 18, 2010
According to today’s Idaho Statesman, the State of Idaho will start making students in seventh and eighth grades complete at least 80 percent of their class credits before they are allowed to advance to the next grade.
The rationale is that, if kids know their work counts toward graduation, they won't be as tempted to goof off. (They didn't say this, but if parents knew they'd be stuck with their kids another year, they might be more diligent about seeing that the work gets done as well.)
I didn't realize that, until now, you could flunk courses in middle school and still advance to high school. Yikes!
On the plus side, at least teachers can't be accused of inflating the grades. They give the kids bad grades and the system moves them up anyway.
Suddenly I actually feel a kinship with that guy who writes those hateful “Mallard Fillmore” comics that knock the education system.
And that’s worse than anything.