No-fail system is failing our children

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I would like to add my voice to those condemning the no-fail policy of the Department of Education. The only folks benefiting from this policy are those who designed it. They can say with pride that all the young people for whom they are responsible move forward under their tutelage.

The losers are the students who end up facing a workplace in which they cannot hold a job because they do not have the minimal reading, writing and arithmetic skills necessary to perform in a satisfactory manner. If you don’t believe these young folks exist, ask an employer who hires at entry level.

The folks who designed this system have no shame! But when it comes to blame, they know where to put it, straight on the children that they have victimized.

Herbert S. Gaskill

Mount Pearl

Organizations: Department of Education

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  • Ron Tizzard
    September 26, 2013 - 09:13

    I'll admit that I don't hold a 'rational position' on that question. But, that said, I see no reasonable, justifiable basis on which to move youngsters through an education system without acquisitation of a graduated foundation of information justifying a movement forward through various levels of acquired information/education...i.e. a rational GRADING SYSTEM. Nothing is achieved by pushing a child through an education system, any type of education system which inflicts psychological pain and demoralization of a person, of any age i.e. youths, or adults (returning to learning in adult education programs). The concerns are not just youth-related.