Expectations are placed on teachers to carry out an effective teaching-learning process.
But so many people do not understand that there is more to do in a classroom than the active learning process.
Beyond teaching, teachers are required to prepare students for the next stage of their lives, with consistency and discipline as the backbone of this preparation.
However, the idea of learning became an illusion when an eighth-grade teacher in Florida, Diane Tirado, was fired for going against the “no zero grade” school policy.
Having worked in West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie in South Florida for only two months, the 52-year-old social studies teacher has accused the school of firing her.
She stated that the school had fired her for the disciplinary measures taken against the students who failed to hand in their first assignment of the year.
No Zeros – Lowest Possible Grade Is 50%
Few weeks before she was fired, she had given her students two weeks to submit an explorer notebook project.
But on the submission day, the majority of the students didn’t hand in their project.
Rather than give credit for activities not done, Diane awarded the zero score.
In an interview, Diane Tirado stated that parents had complained to her over the problematic assignments given to their eighth-graders.
She said, “I got called down to the principal’s office because parents were not happy with me.
It was ruining my life for weeks. In that meeting, I was informed of the “no zero” policy.”
As against Diane’s teaching-learning strategy, the school employs a “no zero policy” that requires the teacher to give students nothing less than 50 whether they submit an assignment or not.
Although Diane was aware of the rule, she felt the rule was wrong.
In red lettering and all in capitals, she had also found the “no zero policy” in the parent’s handbook – “NO ZEROS – LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%.”
But to her, the rule will only breed a set of nonchalant, undisciplined, and not-so-bright students.
Rather than agree with making “50” the lowest possible grade, Diane risked losing her job. And yes, she lost it.
“I am used to kids not handing in work… but then, chasing them until the report cards are in to make sure they make up with extra credit. But I don’t give a grade for nothing.” She revealed.