Sunday, October 25, 2015
Buying Middle School Grades - Part 2
RECAP: A few weeks or so ago, I wrote about how Guppy 2's 8th grade class has to take a Consumer Economics class at some point during the year. The teacher gave the students an assignment where they need to bring in ten box tops FOR A GRADE! If they didn't bring in the correct amount of box tops, they received an F for the assignment. If you want to read the entire blog post and the conversation that ensued, please check out my original post entitled "Buying Middle School Grades".
Last night, we drove Guppy 2 and her friend, A, to Lake Compounce's Haunted Graveyard. A is the girl who texted me and asked if I could please spare any box tops so she wouldn't get an F on her economics assignment. On the way home, it occurred to me to ask her about the class and that assignment in particular....
Well, as was predicted, there were a LOT of angry parents regarding this "assignment". And apparently the principal was extremely busy fielding phone calls and emails about it! The principal made the teacher pull the assignment from the syllabus and drop the grade from the class' current students.
So, thankfully, G2 will not be scrambling around clipping box tops so she doesn't "fail" an assignment! But, it does make me wonder about curriculum in general. Like, how did the teacher get this assignment by in the first place? Isn't there some sort of approval process for lesson plans?
I guess, in the end, I am just happy that the teacher was forced to pull it. I am very curious, however, about what this "economics" class is going to be like. I'll keep you guys posted when it's G2's turn to take it! =)