Parents Fight for Lower Grading…

Grading Standards, lower?

Grading Standards, lower?

There is no mistake about it; American Age and its writing staff have written about education and matters thereto more than any other subject since its inception. In addition we have written about and addressed the situation that we refer to as “Lowering the Bar of Acceptable Academic Standards” warning, perhaps even foretelling what is going to happen in education before it actually happens.

We at American Age believe, based on our most recent research, that it is the family unit as a whole that is creating much of the dysfunction in America’s public education system, meaning mostly parents with their children intentionally manipulating teachers, schools, and school boards.

And what is anything these days without an advocacy group, special interest group, or lobbyist? The following few paragraphs is yet another ridiculous manipulation of what is going on in today’s education system. Please meet Fairgrade, an alleged advocacy group run by parents and educators.

To the grade-grubbers go the spoils. And the grade-grubbers in this case are rabble-rousing parents in Virginia’s Fairfax County. Residents of the high-powered Washington suburb have been battling the district’s tough grading practices; chief among their complaints is that scoring a 93 gets recorded as a lowly B+. After forming an official protest group last year called Fairgrade and goading the school board into voting on whether to ease the standards, parents marshaled 10,000 signatures online and nearly 500 in-person supporters to help plead their case on Jan. 22. After two hours of debate, the resolution passed, a move critics consider a defeat in the war on grade inflation.

At most schools in the U.S., a 90 [will] earn you an A, but in Fairfax County, getting the goods demands a full 94. Merely passing is tougher, too, requiring a 64 rather than a 60. Nor do students get much help clearing those high bars if they take tougher courses. Compared to the kind of GPA “weighting” many districts give for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, Fairfax County’s half-point boost is peanuts. The upshot, protesters say, is that Fairfax kids are at a disadvantage on multiple fronts: snagging good-driver insurance discounts (which often factor in GPA), earning NCAA eligibility, winning merit scholarships, and – oh, yeah – getting into college.

I heartedly encourage every parent, every student, and fellow educators to read the remainder of this article. It can be found here: Virginia Parents Fight for Easier Grading Standards

Just a small post script…we are in the process of clarifying exactly who changed the initial grading standards in the first place.

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3 Responses

  1. Hi there Ms. May!

    Thank you so much for an enlightening response! In all fairness, if America had more parents like you I would doubt our education system would be anywhere near the condition it is in.

    I agree with your assessment vis-a-vie: ‘fairness, lifting a finger, and rewards’; moreover, your statement regarding, “It’s been heading down that path…” is more true than what most people are aware of. For example, in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) I believe they started looking into this problem in either 1896 or definitely in 1906!

    Truth be told and very bold: If teachers were allowed to grade students predicated upon ‘true assessment’, meaning of course as laid out by any given district, nationally or otherwise, most educators believe it would round up to be about in the 78 percentile. However and as sad as this is…most educators are NOT able to grade using true, norm-referenced, authentic assessment, or any other form simply because if the grades fall below ‘what a parent deems acceptable’ then it’s not unusual whatsoever to have administration either demanding that the teacher change the grades or face termination then the administration does the change.

    Your response is refreshing insofar as most parents just simply don’t want to have any culpability at all in their children’s education. It’s always someone else! And thus goes the American society. You’re doing a great job with your kids; loving them, accepting them for who they are, and being there for them. (Secretly, I’m going with #2 regarding success albeit in anything he/she wants; however, #3 is in the best position; when it begins to get difficult for him…push!

    Kindest regards,

    jp

  2. When are you morons going to stop blaming it all on the parents??

    Thank you for the response. In a brief attempt to answer your question it goes something like this: 1) When parents start doing what they’re supposed too, i.e., parenting their children. Maybe it is unknown to you, but very few quasi-parents actually tend to the business of raising their children after the age of five. Actually it’s not the educators per se that blame anyone; rather, as we both know, who is accountable for a child’s life? It certainly isn’t the doctor’s, nor is it ADHD or ADD, or special education, it certainly is not up too any educator to be accountable for another person’s children. E-Z, huh?

    Fix the problem or go find jobs at McDonalds or something.

    Fixing the problem would take involving department of social services—nationally—to somehow either train people how to parent or simply find more accountable and suitable guardian’s for them.

    I for one am not surprized by your comment, “…fix the problem or…” which is precisely what’s going on in America today. Wall Street, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, corporate executive bonuses, Big Four accounting ‘non-principles’ what part of this are you having a problem with? Look to Washington D.C. and your elected officials for answers; they simply do not belong with those who are in the trenches. Cheers!!

  3. HOLY COW! Does anyone listen to themselves? It astounds me that we have made “fairness- whether you have earned it or not” a standard. In todays society too many kids are given awards and such just for showing up. It doesn’t seem to matter that they never lifted a finger. Just give them the grade. As a previous business owner and management on different levels. Kids show up for work and two weeks later expect a reward. Why? Because we have trained them that they do not have to work for what they want – just give it to them, because its fair. If a child is going to drop out of school its not because they received a B+. Its been heading down that path for some time. Chances are they are receiving multiple failing grades due to giving up. (Yes, I am speaking from the heart of a parent. The oldest severely struggles in schools (multiple schools in as many years as attending almost). She is struggling because she chooses to. Friends, Cell, Boys, music, and TV are more important than earning privileges and better grades. She wants to go to Harvard – Not unless she earns it! Middle child has almost straight A’s, she doesn’t because some subjects are hard for her – doesn’t mean she gives up. Still Studies 2X as long as the rest of the class. Third child, straight A’s just because its easy for him. All 3 different.) Work is hard to find as it is for an educated person. If you lower the standards and don’t hold them accountable – it will be even harder to find a stable, benefited, well paying job. We should want more for our children not less. Also- lowering the standards, doesn’t show much faith in your child. HAVE FAITH, THEY CAN DO IT!

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