Go back even further to E, G, F, and U. Excellent, Good, Fair, and the dreaded, red-ink Unsatisfactory.Dumb, Dumb, Dumb Get back to one standard of A through F. Then tell the parents exactly what that means. Geez, The more they try to make each kid feel good about themselves the less they make of the achievements. Every kid is equal, how are they going to experience failure and triumphant? They need both. Idiot teachers and admins both!
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#44 Jun 5, 2009
#45 Jun 5, 2009
Wow, you ARE old! That's how they graded me in elementary school. All 11 years of it.
#46 Jun 5, 2009
A definate way to make sure no child is left behind.
#47 Jun 5, 2009
Exactly. I was one who suffered from their stupid experiment back then with the "new math" My kids had the stupid "writing to read", forget phonics and spelling. And a calculator for 1st grade math. I too wish they'd quit experimenting, because it's obvious it's not working very well. Outside of the computer, they have dumbed down these kids horribly.
#49 Jun 5, 2009
Ya we used to be the leaders, something the rest of the world strived to be like. Now we're at the bottom of pack. You'd think that's enough of a wake-up call to see this "new" stuff isn't working very well.
#50 Jun 5, 2009
Better parents would make better students.
#51 Jun 5, 2009
You are totally correct, sir/ma'am. We've been throwing money at the public education system - especially in large urban areas - for over three decades and grades/graduation rates/etc. have only declined.
We could double the pay for teachers and it would all be for naught if parents won't spend more time and effort to teach their children.
#52 Jun 17, 2009
How it used to be in Elementary School!(GRADES K-5):
1 = good
2 = satisfactory
3 = poor
E = excellent
I = improving
S = satisfactory
N = needs improvement
Now, we only get letter grades!:
A (Any type of A, from a + to a -)= 100%- 93%
B (Any type of B, from a + to a -)= 92%- 84%
C (Any type of B, from a + to a -)= 83%- 75%
D (Any type of D, from a + to a -)=
F (Any type of F, from a + to a -)= 65%- 0.
I think that the reason why children in K-5 grades get numbers because they may be able to comprehend what the numbers mean to tell what grade they got to make it easier for them to understand. Also, I think NUMBER grades ARE THE SAME as LETTER grades because they mean the same thing:
1 (OR AN A)= good
2/(OR AN B)= satisfactory
3/(OR AN C)= poor
E/(OR AN A)= excellent
I/(OR AN B)= improving
S/(OR AN C)= satisfactory
N/(OR AN D)/(OR AN F)= needs improvement
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