My uncle is a teacher in Rural alberta and he recently relayed to me that a school in his district has outlawed the concept of a failing grade...
From now on if a student doesn't pass they get a grade of...and I'm not kidding:
The teachers are also not allowed to use red pens for corrections and not allowed to make any comments or corrections that might hurt the feelings of the student.
This is the most ridiculous development in a long line of ridiculous developments in political correctness and sensitivity training in our schools.
WHEN THE HELL ARE THESE KIDS GOING TO LEARN THAT THE REAL WORLD INVOLVES FAILURE AND THAT THERE IS NO ONE HOLDING YOUR HAND WHEN YOU GROW UP???
My own cousin was pushed through the 7th and 8th grade when he shouldn't have been allowed to pass the sixth. So instead of dealing with the difficulties of repeating a year and then developing intellectually the system decided to coddle him and thereby completely sabotage his intelect for years to come.
His guardians (my parents at the time) actually suggested that he repeat the grade but the administration said that "nobody fails at our school"...
Ridiculous...I hope all the parents out there are saving a ton of money because you're all going to have to bail your coddled children out of trouble for the next 50 years every time the world is mean to them.
I know this doesn't apply to all parents...but seriously...who comes up with something so ridiculous as "success deferred"?????