In Ontario, we don’t fail kids at school because it might be bad for their self-esteem. Instead, progressives running the education system will be experimenting with an alternative meant to challenge our “preoccupation” with marks.
Beginning this year, a group of Grade 9 students at Mayfield school in Caledon, Ontario will be invited to negotiate their final grades with their teachers.
This strikes me as similar to what the left has done to sports, where we hand out “participation” trophies as opposed to “championship” trophies, regardless of merit.
Fun and games is one thing, but shouldn’t education be something else?
After all, education lays the foundation for one’s eventual life skills, but I guess progressives think you can negotiate competency.
Maybe a negotiated mark as opposed to a real mark will make kids feel good about themselves but in a global marketplace of talent this idea seemingly lifted from Three Stooges U, does a disservice to kids.
I’m pretty certain this “Let’s Make A Deal” style of educational enrichment will never be adopted in nations such as China or India, where achievement, not failure, is rewarded and nobody really cares about self-esteem issues.