Teacher Gets Fired for Giving Students Zeroes for Turning in Zero Work

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It seems like there’s an age-old conflict when it comes to school educators, one that Florida teacher Diane Tirado recently learned firsthand. 

Some people don’t understand why teachers are always complaining about their salaries (or lack thereof) because “they have it easy.” Others think that educators deserve a ton of more respect, and compensation, than they currently receive for all of the work they’re expected to do for the sake of our children. I mean they are shaping the future generations of humanity, after all.

Regardless of what you think of educators and the United States education system, there are some statistics that can’t be denied: like the fact that, year-by-year, other developed countries are kicking our butts when it comes to getting their learning on.

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I’m no expert, but I’d like to think that the reason for a dip in education rankings might be directly attributed to a dip in the quality of education itself. There are tons of reasons for the quality of education to fly below par, but there are a number of people who believe that one of the contributing factors is how much “easier” school is nowadays.

Diane Tirado believed giving students 50% credit when they make zero effort to turn in an assignment was coddling and served no benefit to their overall education. So she decided to ignore her school’s “No Zero” policy.

Diane opted to grade her students based on the actual work they put into during their time at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie. The first assignment she gave her 8th graders for the semester was something I personally found kinda cool: keep a journal for two weeks, as if you were a 15-century explorer.

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They were expected to note important historical events and draw maps in their notebook.

But there were many parents who felt the history teacher of 17 years was piling too much homework on their children. Soon, Diane was getting called into the Principal’s office after groups of parents began calling the school to complain.”I got called down to the principal’s office because parents were not happy with me. It was ruining my life for weeks,” she told the NY Post.

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During her talks with the principal, Diane learned of the school’s “no zero” policy and that the lowest grade a student could receive, even if they did no work whatsoever, was a 50. While still a failing grade, if a student decided to turn their grades around, they’d have a much better shot than they would with a bunch of zeroes in the grade book.

Despite knowing the school’s policy, when a group in her class failed to even attempt completing the assignment, Diane decided she would give them no credit. “I’m used to kids not handing in work… but then chasing them until the report cards are in to make sure they make it up. But I don’t give a grade for nothing.”

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On September 14th, 2018, Diane was fired from the school — she worked there for less than two months. When questioned, the principal said she was let go because she was still technically under the school’s probationary period.

For Diane, the reason for her pink slip was clear: she refused to give students credit for nothing.

“I loudly bucked the system. I refused to do their policy. I guess you would call that defiance.”

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Diane left a message for students on her classroom’s whiteboard on her last day at the school. It read, “Bye kids! Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in.”

She posted the farewell message on her Facebook account, where it was shared over 3,000 times and amassed over 2.4k reactions with tons of people commenting on the post. Diane further explained why she shared the post and thinks that lenient grading systems are making “monsters” out of our children.

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“It’s absurd to give someone something for nothing and to do that is creating a future that is pretty darn bleak. We’re creating monsters out of our children,” she added. “We give them too much.. people that experience that kind of childhood then that’s what you want, you’re entitled for the rest of your life.”

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In an interview with WPTV, the St. Lucie school said that their institution doesn’t implement a “no zero” grading policy. “There is no district or individual school policy prohibiting teachers from recording a grade of zero for work not turned in.”

However, Diane pointed out to The Post that in bold, big, and bright read capital letters in the West Gate and Parent Handbook it says, “NO ZERO’S – LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%.”

I guess that’s whoopsie daisy on the school’s part.

Diane’s story began picking up steam not just online, but on local news outlets as well. She issued statements doubling down on her belief that lax public school policies are ruining students by allowing them to easily pass through the system.

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And there were tons of teachers who, after seeing the story on Reddit, relayed some of their own thoughts and personal experiences with the “no grade below” 50 policy. Many of them echoed Diane’s own beliefs.

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On the one hand, I understand concessions need to be made and advantages provided for those who have been at a historic disadvantage, be it due to their country of origin, socioeconomic status, ability, or the color of their skin.

On the other hand, I only need to look how far the US education system has fallen behind other industrialized nations to see we are probably doing something wrong. Maybe these “coddling” policies aren’t really that effective?

What do you think?

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/16/Z1cYHhz/teacher-fired-giving-zeroes

29 School Jokes That Will Make Your Classmates and Teacher Crack Up

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Ahhh, school. Low-key the best years of life when your sole responsibility is to absorb new knowledge that no one will blame you for forgetting later. Sure, math class may feel like a drag, but just wait until you’re in your twenties trying to figure out FICO rates and credit scores without a teacher you can sit with for a few minutes after class to answer your questions.

All in all, to quote my good friend Peaches, “stay in school cuz it’s the best.” But who says the best can’t get even better with a little bit of shared humor?

Whether you’re looking for the perfect joke to describe your latest homework assignment or just want to make your classmates laugh at lunch, we’ve compiled 29 age-appropriate school jokes that will even get a giggle out of your teacher.

Elementary School

  • Why are fish so smart? They travel in schools!
  • What do you call a Stegosaurus with carrots in its ears? Anything you want, it can’t hear you.
  • What’s a witch’s favorite class? Spelling!
  • Why won’t the elephant use the computer? He’s afraid of the mouse.

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  • What did the math book tell the pencil? I’ve got a lot of problems.
  • Why was the book in the hospital? It hurt its spine.
  • I heard they put a new wing in the school. That’s true, but it still won’t fly.
  • What kind of school do you go to if you’re an ice cream man? Sundae school.
  • What kind of school do you go to if you’re a surfer? Boarding school.
  • Why wasn’t the geometry teacher at school? Because she sprained her angle! 
  • Why do magicians do so well in school? They’re great at trick questions.
  • How did the geography student drown? His grades were below C-level.

Middle School

  • Teacher: Can you tell us where they signed the Declaration of Independence?
    Student: Of course, ma’am. At the bottom.
  • When is a theater clumsy? When the curtain falls.
  • A boy comes back from school and his mom asks, “What did you learn today?” He replies, “Not enough, they’re making me go back tomorrow.”

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  • Why was school easier for cave people? There was no history to study!
  • A book that was never written: When Does School Start? by Wendy Belrings
  • Teacher: We will only have a half-day of school this morning…
    Students: YAYYYY!
    Teacher: Then we will have the other half this afternoon.
  • Mom: What did you do in school today?
    Kid: We played a guessing game.
    Mom: I thought you had a math test.
    Kid: Exactly.
  • How did the geography student drown? His grades were below C-level.
  • A teacher says to his student, “Matthew, I’ve had to send you to the principal’s office every single day this week. What do you have to say for yourself?” The student replies, “I’m glad it’s Friday!”

High School

  • I threw my old laptop in the ocean. Now there’s a Dell rollin’ in the deep.
  • Two high school students are discussing their plans for after college. One says to the other, “I’m planning on going into farming. My father does it and it makes good money.” The second asks, “What type of farming? Wheat, corn, livestock?” The first replies, “I don’t know man, there are so many fields to choose from.”

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  • What sort of grades did Tommy Wiseau receive in school? Oh, high marks.
  • Math teacher: A man from Los Angeles drove toward New York at 250 miles per hour and a man from New York drove toward Los Angeles at 150 m.p.h. Where did they meet?
    Student: In jail.
  • A teacher asks her student, “Joe, why did you eat your homework?” Joe replies, “Because I don’t have a dog.”
  • Why do they never serve beer at a math party? Because you can’t drink and derive.
  • What is grammar? The difference between knowing your crap and knowing you’re crap.
  • What do you get when you mix sulfur, tungsten, and silver? SWAG.

If you enjoyed these school jokes, you’ll love some of our others — check them out below.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/humor/2018/11/02/ZIQoXH/school-jokes

A High School Teacher Takes Insightful Photos of 1970s Badass Youngsters, and We Can’t Get Enough

Joseph Szabo has worked as a teacher, a photographer, and an author for more than 20 years. Within these years, he managed to combine all his 3 passions by capturing the life of his teenage students. Having a huge experience in mingling with teenagers, he has a sharp sense of the right moment for a click. His works have been displayed in many world exhibitions and have received many awards.

Bright Side was astonished at Joe’s works and would like to share his art with you.

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Do you have any photos left from when you were a teenager? Share them with us in the comments!

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