One important commonality we all share from the poorest of the poor to royalty is we were all taught lessons by someone. Be it a parent who taught you your first spoken words, your kindergarten teacher who taught you to write your ABC’s, high school teachers who taught you general subjects, including your college professor, in preparation to enter the working world. Someone taught you something of value, no lesson taught is insignificant if you learn from it.
Many single out a teacher when a few students fail to learn, regardless that the rest of the class seemed to soak in the knowledge taught by the very same teacher. Society pays teachers to teach, teachers for the most part are in the profession because they love the art of teaching others and imparting their knowledge for the masses.
Why teachers are underpaid is beyond comprehension, as everyone on this planet for the most part owes their livelihood and success to an educator.
Certainly this shows a teacher’s mettle in their devotion and satisfaction in imparting their knowledge to students when they continue to teach under adverse conditions, from overcrowded classrooms, teaching in trailers to the stress of toeing the politically correct lines set forth by government, school boards and parents alike. This negative atmosphere students and teachers face is something many of us in our daily work life would not put up with as we hit the speed dial to the Labour Relations Board.
Parents and Educators are both teachers, the difference being one is paid to teach, the other teaches out of love for their child. Politics should never be part of the equation, sadly in this case it is.
One teacher taught a life’s lesson by awarding a student a zero for failing to attempt to even try to learn may result in that teacher losing their teaching certificate.
Edmonton High School physics teacher Ross Sheppard repeatedly refused to conform to the school’s “no zero” policy and continued to give students the naught for naught — a zero grade for zero effort.
A teacher who goes against a “no zero” policy, serves to show students that “Everyone wins a trophy for attendance” is not how the real world works, either in life, business or politics, though the latter may be true in most cases.
One cannot blame the teacher whose students fail to learn, after all if parents truly want what is best for their child, would a zero not be a wake-up call?
Giving parents a false sense of “All is well” when it comes to their child’s learning ability by a politically correct school board serves no one, except social agencies and society who must financially assist the former student later in life as their job prospects go unrequited, as employers do not subscribe to “Trophies of Attendance” social policies.
Certainly the best life’s lesson taught later in life is the school of hard knocks, learned by every failed student who gets a A+ in Reality as they stand in line at a soup kitchen.
Trophies of Attendance, not required, nor needed.