Monday, July 01, 2019
Schools Still Practicing Academic Fraud
I have been posting about academic fraud for years, you can read them Here. Now the esteemed columnist, Susan Edelman of the New York Post, wrote an eye opening article about the grade inflation tha goes on in most of the New York City public schools.
As a high school teacher, I used to get many of these middle school students who could not do simple Math and had no clue what commonly used words meant. Even worse, because these students were academically unable to do high school course work, they would act up and become discipline problems.
Of course the Department Of Education (DOE) would blame the high schools and the teaching staff for their failure to improve student academic achievement when these students do not have the academic tools to succeed in yhe first place.
Teachers have often complained that school administrators pressure teachers to pass undeserving students and the DOE supports school administrators in artificially inflate grades and passing rates. In the high schools many poorly performing schools require teachers to have a "scholarship requirement" that forces the teacher to pass up to 85% of their students.
Unfortunately, if the teacher is not tenured, the teacher will not go against the administrator and pass the students, despite their academic failure. Let the next teacher or school deal with the low performing student.
Despite a new Chancellor who is attempting to "clean house", the DOE mentality is to still punish schools who have low graduation rates. Therefore, principals are encouraged to pass and graduate students despite their academic shortcomings.