Its supposed to strike fear into the heart of a student: Youre going to get a zero if the work isnt done ...
But often the threat doesnt get results, and when its carried out, the student can be ruined for the year in that particular course.
Sure, students goof up, and sometimes they intentionally break the rules. But does a violation justify a devastating penalty? A zero explodes a students average and makes it too hard to get back to passing.
The Wake County school board, at the urging of some of Superintendent Jim Merrills administrators, will consider an overhaul of the grading policy that might include eliminating zeros as grades because of the damage they cause.
School board member Tom Benton, a longtime principal and former teacher, said, A power of a zero on a 100-point scale is a killer. Our kids cant recover from that. Benton is a common-sense fellow, and his wisdom should guide this decision. He knows what hes talking about.
The board can easily change this, and should, perhaps going with administrators who think a 50, still a severe penalty, should be the lowest grade..