School Proposes 50 As the Worst Possible Grade Students Can Get
A school district in Virginia is considering a controversial new grading policy that would eliminate zeroes.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck reported on "Fox and Friends" this morning that the Fairfax County school district wants to help struggling students in middle school and high school by eliminating grades of zero. Teachers would instead be required to give students a 50 percent for "F" grades.
Hasselbeck said that the policy being considered is part of a new initiative to give students room to improve their grades in classes.
Stuart Gibson, a former Fairfax County school board member, told Hasselbeck that he doesn't think "students are motivated by what grade they get."
"I think they're motivated to achieve, by having a passion for the subject matter and having a teacher who engages them," Gibson said. "I think that if we put a floor there, what we're doing is encouraging students to disengage...I think it encourages gaming the system."
He added that he doesn't think it encourages students to achieve to their best level or do their best work.
Dr. Susan Lipkins said that she disagrees with Gibson.
"I think it would really help," Lipkins stated. "Where did zeros come from? We just invented it basically. If a kid happens to be out of school and misses a test or misses a homework, should they really be getting a zero even though they're working hard?"
"I think that the 50 percent is a great idea," Lipkin said. "I think what they're trying to do is be equal across the county, because each school is acting differently."
Watch the video above to hear more.
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