An Edmonton teacher is likely to be fired for giving students a zero for not handing in their work.
Apparently, giving zero harms the esteem of the students and the school board wants to hand out an “incomplete” grade. The teacher says that does not prepare kids for real life.
The Slo-Man wonders whether this “esteem” issue is not being used by adults to become lazier and absolve themselves of the difficult task of raising children. Parents turned over the discipline to the school, teachers and school boards have handed that task over directly to the police force.
When medals and cups are handed out to all participants, winning became immaterial, a sense of entitlement became ingrained. In the Slo-Man’s days you got a cup or a medal if you actually excelled at something. The Slo-Man is pretty sure that the real world is competitive, so are we doing the right thing in coddling these kids?
The Slo-Man invites readers for their comments.