My littlest Okie sister had a question. Since we have some teachers here I figured I would seek their opinions. Anybody can join in:
I need your opinion on something. This year, we have a teacher who marks off 10 percentage points every time you forget to write your name on your paper. I really struggle with this, you don’t get any credit when you remember to write your name and now my kiddo has a grade reflective of his inability to write his name rather than his mastery of the subject matter. What are your thoughts?
This was my response:
I suspect that the idea is to get the students’ attention rather than to punish them. A few lower grades over the course of a school year should not be that big a deal. If it is such a continual problem that it affects the student’s semester grade that is indicative that the kid has problems following instructions and paying attention to detail. We don’t do our children any favors by making things too easy for them.
Here is what My Darling Daughter said:
Being punctual, following directions, and attention to detail are all very important life skills. I do not think it is fair to base one’s grade on these things when a parent wants to know a child’s proficiency in a certain subject. However, we do trust teachers to educate (at least as a partner) and there has to be a level of trust between us- that they’re doing what is best. My advice for a stubborn or forgetful child would be to seek extra credit. It would make sense that they offer something comparable in points. I hate to use the word punishment but for lack of a better term, if you fall behind in one aspect-what can you do to make it up?
The nephew in question is 10 years old. At last count there were 41 other opinions, with no real consensus.
What do y’all think?