Thursday, January 13, 2011
My department has been told that exams are the way, the only way to go. Effort doesn't do it if a child is not making the grade. We are pressured to make sure our grades don't vary much from the final exam and from the regents. There is nothing we can do about the regents but many of us have resorted to some pretty creative methods to circumvent the final exam rule. (Sorry I can't mention them here for obvious reasons.)
There is more to a grade than a number on a piece of paper but a young, untenured teacher will follow the guidelines set out by their chairperson if they want to keep their jobs. They can't give the child the benefit of the doubt, even if they want to do so.