Thursday, June 19, 2008
Playing Craps With Our Students
Mr. AP: You must call the homes of students who are cutting. Their parents must be informed so that they can return to class.
Mr. AP: You cannot pass a student with more than 14 absences unless you speak to me first.
Ms Teacher: Mr. AP, I would like to pass Abe even though he has 20 absences. Some of them were medical excuses but a few were cuts. I spoke to his mom whenever he was out and things improved a lot.
Mr. AP: You cannot pass a student who has cut. You are too easy. Let me check his record.
Ms Teacher: Mr. AP, you told us to call. He took every exam and has a passing average. He made up homework he missed. His dad is dying and he is going through a rough time.
Mr. AP: Everyone has problems. His dad dying is no excuse for missing math. He probably cheated on the final exam anyways.
Ms Teacher: He is not a cheater. He deserves to pass and we would be doing him a major injustice by failing him. He will only get angry and do worse next term. He needs our support right now. I know him much better than you do. He earned the right to pass.
Mr AP: Do what you want. It is your responsibility if he fails the regents in January.
Footnote: Ms Teacher passed Abe. She hopes he will continue doing well but knows that there is no guarantee. Although Ms Teacher is not usually a gambler, she felt Abe was worth a chance.