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orbitz
08-08-2010, 01:50 PM
Schools in Mount Olive, N.J., are getting rid of D's in the fall. The grade scale will be A, B, C, or F.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/education/08grades.html?_r=1&hp

The argument for this change is that students who would have just wanted to get by with D's will now try harder to at least get C's so they won't fail.


Who wants to pay for D-quality plumbing? Fly the skies with a D-rated pilot? Settle for a D restaurant?

Well, I wouldn't want to pay for "C"-quality plumbing, pilot or restaurant either. So get rid of C's also and then school will only unlease A's and B's (or F's) students into the real world :).

Angelskates
08-08-2010, 02:39 PM
Schools in Mount Olive, N.J., are getting rid of D's in the fall. The grade scale will be A, B, C, or F.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/education/08grades.html?_r=1&hp

The argument for this change is that students who would have just wanted to get by with D's will now try harder to at least get C's so they won't fail.

Well, I wouldn't want to pay for "C"-quality plumbing, pilot or restaurant either. So get rid of C's also and then school will only unlease A's and B's (or F's) students into the real world :).

Very strange. C's used to be average, B's good, A's excellent, D's below average and F's fail. I find it strange to go from average straight to fail. Is B supposed to be average now? To never give a C is to always have above average work given in, which I find very unlikely. Average plumbing I would definitely pay for, below average would depend on why it was considered below average, can they do the work and it's not presented well, the products they use are not a good quality, or can't they do the actual work?

Can the pilot fly the plane, but he just doesn't dress well and has a vulgar mouth, or can't he fly the plane? If he can fly the plane but dresses shoddily and has a vulgar mouth so got a D, I'd pay less and go for the D rather than pay for a well dressed, sweet talking A who flies the plane the same way that the poorly dressed pilot. Or I'd go for a C if he's just okay dressed and just speaks okay. I'd rather pay for the flying abilities, than go for the A that dresses well, has great manners etc. It all depends on if they can get the job done.

At school, you're rarely graded on just one thing at a time, especially in language based subjects. Essays are graded on content, format, referencing etc. Miss the ball on one of those and you can get a D (below average) but maybe your content is excellent, so you shouldn't fail.

Beijing grades restaurants. The only ones that have A's are those in the posh hotels that cost a fortune, some nice but not too upmarket have B's, most of them have C's. The grotty ones have D's. They all have edible food that complies with regulations, or they'd be shut down (which would be like an F). Some days, I'll eat from an A, some days I'd rather spend less and go the grotty but still edible D.

It bugs me when people equate academic learning to "real life". In real life, most occupations allow for researching to find answers, rather than needing to remember that thing *now* like is required in exams. My doctor even looked up something one a medical site while I was in her office the other day. In real life, people with D's at school often get by just fine, and those with C's do too. Even at university, there was a saying "C's'get degrees" - you all get the same piece of paper in the end. Schools should be just as much about the experience, and learning to get along with people as about the grade, especially with a lot of subjects being compulsory. Those D's keep people in school, F's probably won't. Some people need a lot of below average/D work before something clicks.

cruisin
08-08-2010, 03:17 PM
I think it's ridiculous. They are claiming that kids get "Ds" when they should fail, but the teacher is pushing them through, to get them out of school. Why should a kid, who is below average, but not failing, fail? Will "C" now be the new below average? Will kids that are being pushed through just get "Cs" now? Will more "Bs" be given wrongly? In order to have a middle/average, there should be an odd number of grades. Average, and two steps up for excellence, and two steps down for failure. Consistent "D" students are probably not flying planes, plumbing contractors, or doctors. What about kids who get "Cs" & "Ds" in high school, because of maturity, but turn themselves around in college and become very successful?

There is another town in NJ (forget which), which has recently made news because they decided to change the "F" = failing grade to an "E" = failing. they determined that "Fs" make the kids feel bad. Yeah, and changing the letter will make them feel good? They are also claiming this as a brilliant "new" idea. The school system I grew up in used "E" = failing in high school. For some reason they thought "A", "B", "C", "D", "E" made more sense than skipping over the "E" for "F". We all knew what "E" was and those who got one, did not feel "better".

The whole thing is just idiotic.

gkelly
08-08-2010, 03:41 PM
There is another town in NJ (forget which), which has recently made news because they decided to change the "F" = failing grade to an "E" = failing.

My school system in NJ used this 30+ years ago.


For some reason they thought "A", "B", "C", "D", "E" made more sense than skipping over the "E" for "F".

As far as I knew, this was the reason.

Or there may have been an F grade as well, but it was only given in specific circumstances.

We knew that E was failing. There wasn't any pretense that it was better than failing.

Jot the Dot Dot
08-08-2010, 03:43 PM
Well, I'd certainly go for a 'D' airline stewardess, if you know what I mean.

millyskate
08-08-2010, 05:08 PM
Accustomed to being marked out of 20 (in France) or 100 (in England), I struggle with the concept of fitting pupils' work into a mere 5 categories to start with....

Sounds to me like pupils who used to be scraping Ds are now going to be getting Cs :shuffle:


Having said that, in many French primary schools they're doing away with marks altogether. Not sure if it's a good or a bad thing - maybe for some, but I just can't imagine how boring primary school would have been without the little satisfaction of being to obtain good marks! :lol: It was bad enough as it was.

cruisin
08-08-2010, 05:30 PM
Well, I'd certainly go for a 'D' airline stewardess, if you know what I mean.

As in 34D? :lol:



My school system in NJ used this 30+ years ago.

Yes, I was in HS almost 40 years ago. So, this is hardly a new thing.

cruisin
08-08-2010, 05:36 PM
Accustomed to being marked out of 20 (in France) or 100 (in England), I struggle with the concept of fitting pupils' work into a mere 5 categories to start with....

Sounds to me like pupils who used to be scraping Ds are now going to be getting Cs :shuffle:


Having said that, in many French primary schools they're doing away with marks altogether. Not sure if it's a good or a bad thing - maybe for some, but I just can't imagine how boring primary school would have been without the little satisfaction of being to obtain good marks! :lol: It was bad enough as it was.

Milly, typically tests, papers, projects, homework are graded on a 100 point system. Then they break the points down into 5 grades. 93-100=A, 86-92=B,
79-85=C, 72-78=D, and anything below 72 is an F. The breakdowns are not always done the way I show above, sometimes it's based on 10 (90-100=A, 80-90=B, and so on). But that is how it works. So, essentially if you score less that 72% correct, you fail in some schools, hardly a middle point.

millyskate
08-08-2010, 05:56 PM
Milly, typically tests, papers, projects, homework are graded on a 100 point system. Then they break the points down into 5 grades. 93-100=A, 86-92=B,
79-85=C, 72-78=D, and anything below 72 is an F. The breakdowns are not always done the way I show above, sometimes it's based on 10 (90-100=A, 80-90=B, and so on). But that is how it works. So, essentially if you score less that 72% correct, you fail in some schools, hardly a middle point.

Oh ok, that makes sense :)

Although failing with 72% doesn't really :shuffle:

michiruwater
08-08-2010, 06:03 PM
Most schools I know go by the 10-point system. So the highest possible passing is a 60 (D-) and from 59 down you get an F or a E.

JumpinBug
08-08-2010, 06:14 PM
We've been A/B/C+/C/C- for a long time now. I don't use F because it's difficult to give... we first have to go through I paperwork long before a formal report, and then the I can eventually be converted to an F. Though it's frowned upon by admin. I did give one I this year, and counsellors and the principal kept the kid in with them at lunch until enough work was done.

I usually just keep my kids in until I get enough work that can get them 50%/C-. I really don't like what many teachers do, which is just give them the C- so that they don't have to do the paperwork.

JumpinBug
08-08-2010, 06:17 PM
A quick clarification... when I said I don't use F, I meant that I don't include it when I list off grades... because it's just not seen very often. I DO use it as a last resort as a teacher, but they're rare and very difficult to give.

cruisin
08-08-2010, 06:20 PM
Most schools I know go by the 10-point system. So the highest possible passing is a 60 (D-) and from 59 down you get an F or a E.

I think it's a state or district thing. When I grew up in NJ it was as I said above. We still live in NJ, but a different county, and it's also what I put above in the schools my kids went to. I think in college it was based in 10.

Milly, I agree 71% should not be a failing grade.

What I wonder is in Mount Olive (which is not that far from where I live, and is in the same county), will dropping the D mean anything below 70-78 is failing? Or will they make the categories bigger? I mean, if their numerical range is the same as ours, a 78 would then be failing :eek:

smurfy
08-08-2010, 06:38 PM
In my schools, the 100 pt was:
90-100 A
80-89 - B
70-79 - C
60-69 or 65 -69 D
59 or 64 and lower F
+/- is the bottom 2 or 3 points in each score - 91 = A-

In Elementary school we had:
E - Excellent
G - Good
F - Fair
U - Unsatisfactory
So that is pretty much the same as A,B,C & F

PDilemma
08-08-2010, 07:58 PM
High schools I taught in had this scale:

93-100=A
86-92=B
78-85=C
70-77=D
69 and below failing (F).

As I understand the article, this school was on the ten point scale (90-100 for an A and so on) which puts failing all the way down to 59%. They are just leaving the scale wide for A, B, and C and making 69 and below failing which is the scale at many high schools. Not such a big deal.