Per the Landmark’s article “District 95 ponders new reported card format” (News, Jan. 30), “If a child fails to turn in an assignment, why punish them with a zero, which will skew the entire picture?”
Well, Mr. Kuzniewski, you are skewing the entire picture by taking a grading system that has worked for centuries and leaning on one that has little scientific evaluation and has only been used by a small portion in 20 years.
You are not punishing a child with a zero; you are “teaching” them what it’s like to be held accountable for their actions and “teaching” them ownership.
This new report card format is just another way to make every child feel the same, when in fact children that choose to work hard should be rewarded for their hard work.
Also the grading system of A-F demonstrates how involved the child’s parents are in their schooling. If a child fails to turn in an assignment at that age, it is the parents that should be held accountable.
I don’t have children yet, but I can tell you they wouldn’t be a student in your district if you enforce such a system.