Monday, October 25, 2021

Minnesota school removes ‘F’ grades and allows retesting to combat ‘systemic racism’

A Minnesota middle school said it will no longer allow teachers to grade students “F” for “failure”, as part of an effort to combat the school’s “systemic racism”.

In a video shared on YouTube, Sunrise Park Middle School principal Christina Pierre explained that the new grading system would replace the “F” with an “I”, meaning “incomplete”, and that teachers would no longer grade students a letter. Will give Those who get less than 50 percent for their work.

Instead, students will get a one percent grade and will be given an opportunity to improve if they get 49 percent or less. Students are encouraged to retake tests, quizzes, papers and projects, and have 10 days to do so after the date the grades are posted.

The new grading system will also end taking into account factors such as a student’s behavior, attitude, tardiness towards class, and whether assignments have been turned in on time. “There are other ways we can tell parents about those things,” said Sunrise Park associate principal Norman Bell in the video.

The changes at Sunrise Park have been made by White Bear Lake Area School Superintendent Wayne Kazmirzak, a longtime teacher, who seeks to address “grading disparities among students of color”. The school district said it “dramatically changed grading practices” last year as part of its “strategic plan and commitment to eliminate systemic racism.”

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“Grading may be one of the biggest areas in which systemic racism and inequalities persist,” the school district’s website reads. “Grading should not be a behavioral punishment and should not be a measure of how well a student can avoid stress at home.”

A middle school serving Sunrise Park, a northeastern suburb of Minneapolis, made national headlines earlier this year when a teacher asked 6th graders to assess how privileged they had.

According to documents posted on social media, the teacher asked her class to consider whether they belonged to a “privileged group”—that is, white, male, Christian, heterosexual and people born in the United States. is a collective term for, or “target groups,” referring to people who are non-white, female, non-Christian, LGBT, and immigrants.

“It is our responsibility to make sure that the needs of each of our students are being met,” Kazmirzak said in a statement after the classroom activity caused controversy online. “We know from listening to our students that our ongoing and ongoing commitment to educational equity is an important part of how we achieve our stated District Mission and are currently present in our student outcome measures.”

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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