When Would You Sacrifice The Best Students for the Worst?
While it’s difficult to give up on everyone who gets unfairly branded as a “bad student,” what happens when the person is set aside by teachers on their way to attending college? She’s been off track, or failing grades are an inevitable part of being a young person. These things happen every day, but when teens or young adults are told outright that they may not get a chance to continue in their education because of a problem with their math ability, then things get tricky.
Not every person who gets pushed out of school after years of struggle and public embarrassment is going to continue on to college. Nearly all students, whether they’re poorly-performing, academically average, or brilliant, will experience growing pains at some point in life. No amount of perseverance is going to guarantee success, and clearly, teenagers and young adults have the maturity and self-awareness to make sure their students know the differences between performance, success, and disaster.
But how far should teachers, schools, and families be willing to go to punish poor students? When they’re the ones enforcing tough consequences, should the punishments be without second thoughts? How much should they be willing to have given up on, when they know full well that another attempt will fail?
Saying no to those who are looking for a second chance is nothing new. It’s been an important part of the American education system since the days of Jefferson Davis and Rosa Parks. Their mission was to push everyone back into the classroom, and teach their audience the value of education and the value of pushing a certain level of learning past where it was “easily mastered.” No matter what reasons explain how someone can go from nearing an opportunity to continuing their education, and then failing to even reach that potential again, is it really surprising that teachers choose to move on?
Parents make that decision almost every single day. If you’re absolutely certain that your child cannot succeed in school and will never learn, then what’s a parent to do? There are no easy answers here, and eventually, most people would have moved on, taking the method of action that is the most effective solution. So what about educators? Should they pass on the same strict, unwavering rules to students?
In theory, they should. In reality, some educators are perfectly willing to allow students to fail, even when they are desperately looking for the next step in their education and every moment they don’t reach that goal is one minute closer to lack of food on the table.
When someone who feels desperate for a second chance gets bounced from high school and then grades have an adverse effect on their academic future, should they ever expect a second chance to return their favor?
It’s an uncomfortable decision, but one that parents often do not want to face for their children. Besides, where do you start? Child’s cannot become lawyers or engineers without adequate math knowledge and understanding of the principles behind a particular field. Technology advancements, as well as the decrease in fear that students of today have when it comes to meeting an expected standard in their field, have greatly changed the expectations placed on kids of today.
So will your kid have to be discouraged for the rest of his life for failing to learn a certain way? It’s a scary thought, but it’s ultimately that fear and uncertainty that keeps children from taking a chance. Giving up on a kid who only needs the occasional push is the right decision, but there should be a safety net in case everything starts looking up again.
When he learns math and culture, and makes the grade, he will get a second chance, but in the meantime, that is how he will learn his lesson. It should never have been used as a reason to say no to someone who has already been through so much.