Kiddie crackdown gets A... and F
EDUCATION Minister Nancy Allan’s announcement that teachers will be allowed to dock marks for late or missing homework certainly had readers working their home computers. The lesson that primary and secondary school teaches, that your whole life has to be consumed by the same set of meaningless tasks is absolutely ridiculous. Had I been allowed my freedom on evenings and weekends, I could have started on my chosen career path during my Grade 10 year, instead of being bogged down by what was busywork with absolutely no value to my life. Killing homework altogether would open up opportunities for younger students to fully explore other activities during their off-school time.
It is not the job of the education system to prepare young people for the workforce. Grades should reflect the learning of the student. There are other ways to teach the importance of deadlines. This policy puts too much emphasis on marks and not on learning.
versity and my career. If you don’t learn this when you are young you sure aren’t going to learn it when you are an adult working with a family and a household to run.
I can’t fathom any parent disagreeing with this change in policy. Sure, making sure my kids do their homework or study for their tests takes up my time, but, I consider that a part of my job as a parent. I am also teaching my kids that hard work pays off. More kids should be taught this lesson!
This sounds like a “ let’s teach those kids a lesson” campaign. No one learns anything by being punished. Each child ( and adult) has a unique learning style, yet there is only one teaching style — go figure. Children need to play, have fun, not be treated as adults. That’s why they are called children. They are not developmentally adults until they are 24 years old. How about we treat them with patience instead of anger.
It was a long time coming. It’s nice to see sanity prevail. Education has always been I am a teacher currently. I will not deduct a great place for pseudo-intellectuals. arbitrary amounts of marks for late They come up with “ theories” and assignments. The number I put on the “ research” and want to change to whole MrBat: There is something to be said page should reflect the ability shown by system. No one knows less about teaching about an education and accountability. I the student in that particular assignment than a PhD of education. Educating a child don’t know what school you went to but submitted, whether late or not. A perfect is the most simple thing in the world. I was able to do plenty of extracurricular paper, flawless in every way, will not score Kids, as a whole, always try to rise to things after school, work part time and an 80% if late by 48 hours. It will score your expectations. Deadlines make them get good grades. It is called prioritizing 100%, as it should. What this does enable stronger and more employable. Thank you and accountability. The skills order. I learned in me to do is not accept late assignments at Nancy Allan for restoring the high school has helped me through uni-all. Don’t hand it in by a certain date? Get — a zero. End of story. Parents will revolt in a year or so under this policy, because grades across the province will fall IMMEDIATELY. Also, for those who claim the “ real world” has deadlines, and people lose jobs/ money when late, take a look at our stadium, human rights museum, traffic circles, prorogued Parliament...
Let me tell you why I am so glad to see this being brought into place: I worked as a teaching assistant at a university for over a decade, dealing with mostly first-year university students in a number of courses. Over the years it got more and more depressing to see the quality of the students. They can’t spell. They can’t add. They can’t write. For some of them I have no idea how they graduated high school at all when they’re at roughly a grade 8 level on all things. And yet these kids are in university, and they’re struggling... all because instead of failing high school, high school has failed them.