Wake Schools Grading Participation Trophies

Here comes the participation trophy in Wake County schools for academics.  So much for “higher standards”? More like softening the blow for the next wave of disastrous end of course scores and year and grades.

The Wake County School board, famous for their infighting and busing for “socioeconomic diversity” debacle, now are leaving it up to individual schools in Wake county to decide if kids who don’t do their work should get bad grades. No, I’m not kidding.

— Wake County teachers will be told not to make it too difficult for students to pass if they make “isolated” mistakes, but how to achieve that goal is being left up to individual schools.

Wake County school administrators presented draft guidelines Thursday for carrying out a newly revised grading policy that’s supposed to help students who are at risk of failing. But instead of explicitly banning zeros or limiting the punishment for late work, the new guidelines say each school is to develop its own grading plan covering homework, missed work, retesting and extra credit. – News and Observer 5/9/14

“Isolated mistakes”? What qualifies as an isolated mistake? Who decides? Oh, not the county school board — the board is throwing this on the individual schools.  Just ask Board member Jim Martin, who has no problem forcing flawed and experimental Common Core down the throats of students, he just doesn’t want to see the consequences:

We want to be cautious about having anoverly dictatorial grading policy,” school board member Jim Martin said at the board’s student-achievement committee meeting.

The new guidelines represent a compromise between community members who say allowing teachers to give zero grades is too punitive and others who say that rewarding students for work not done is inappropriate.The board revised the grading policy on Tuesday to say schools should develop a “grade recovery plan.” – News and Observer 5/9/14

Too punitive? HI – you don’t do the work, you shouldn’t get the grade. That’s how it works. The article goes on to talk about giving students a chance for “grade recovery” and “extra credit” in order to pass. Cathy Moore, deputy superintendent for school performance said “we want all kids to be successful.” Well, this policy translates to all kids will be successful, even if they’re not. This is applying the participation trophy mentality to academics.

Everyone wins — and everyone loses. The kids really making the grade and doing the work now have that work devalued and the kids who are having these “isolated” incidences of not doing their work will likely end up at UNC Chapel Hill with a 5th grade reading level thanks to this.

So where did this great social-justice smacking idea come from? One fringe group who wanted zeros banned calling themselves the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African-American Children (CCCAAC). Wow.  Again, I am not kidding:

ThiToos all comes from one fringe group pushing to ban zeros. This is what swayed our sponge-like wishy-washy school board.  No, I’m not kidding again.

Well, that fringe group is Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African-American Children (CCCAAC). So, this isn’t really about all kids, it’s about African-American kids. The same kids who bombed the last round of End of Course (EOC) tests under Common Core. Funnily enough the CCCAC has the Common Core Propaganda linked right on its front page, which includes EOC test prep.

School Board member Christine Kushner bought this crap hook line and sinker:

School Board Chair Christine Kushner says they’re currently working to come up with a uniform county-wide grade recovery policy.

“A zero can impact a student’s grade quite severely,” said Kushner. “So we want to make sure students are held accountable, and students are getting their work done.” – ABC 11, May 1, 2014

So let’s keep pitching to them until they get it done, regardless of how much time that sucks away from other students. Personal responsibility and the rights of other students be damned, right? It might hurt their feelings is the underlying theme here and thereby hurt their confidence. Well, perhaps it should be hurt a bit and they should work for what they get instead of handing it to them over and over again? What lesson does that teach? Are you going to accompany them to college and insist they get endless do-overs?

Also quoted in the ABC 11 article is Rukiya Dillahunt has been in education about 30 years and is an active labor, racial justice and social justice activist. Rukiya Dillahunt is actively involved with the Black Workers For Justice group, of which her husband,Ajamu Dillahunt, is also a member. Rukiya Dillahunt is also a member of the “Education Justice Alliance” and was named to the Wake County Safer Schools taskforce.  BWFJ is a major component member of the far Left Moral Monday movement.

When not promoting social justice by eliminating failing grades, Rukiya Dillahunt is marching and putting people’s ‘White privilege’ in check:

During one protest, veteran BWFJ member Rukiya Dillahunt was chided by a white participant for holding a sign saying “Stop the War on Black America.” The person felt it should say “and white Americans.”

“I put her in check,” said Dillahunt, “by laying out the high Black unemployment rates, mass incarceration, and the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ we face.”

– See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/09/uh-oh-instead-defeating-us-they-made-us-defiant#sthash.YYoTGaVI.dpuf

During one protest, veteran BWFJ member Rukiya Dillahunt was chided by a white participant for holding a sign saying “Stop the War on Black America.” The person felt it should say “and white Americans.”

“I put her in check,” said Dillahunt, “by laying out the high Black unemployment rates, mass incarceration, and the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ we face.” – Labor Notes.org 9/23/13 by Ajamu Dillahunt

During one protest, veteran BWFJ member Rukiya Dillahunt was chided by a white participant for holding a sign saying “Stop the War on Black America.” The person felt it should say “and white Americans.”

“I put her in check,” said Dillahunt, “by laying out the high Black unemployment rates, mass incarceration, and the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ we face.”

– See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/09/uh-oh-instead-defeating-us-they-made-us-defiant#sthash.YYoTGaVI.dpuf

“School to prison pipeline”. I’ve told readers to remember that and that we’d see it again and again. Well…There it is.

The name Ajamu Dillahunt might be familiar since he is one of the parties suing Wake County over the Enloe water balloon fight arrests. Read the whole story here, including the ‘school to prison pipeline’ angle: Complaint Against WCPSS Has Blueprint NC Fingerprints

Ajamu Dillahunt is with the NC Justice Center, who was also pushing the NCAE’s Decline to Sign Campaign. From a previous article of mine on the Decline to Sign mess:

Fun entry I also found was penned by Ajamu Dillahunt, of the NC Justice Center. It mentions Proffitt and the union groups they are affiliating with –  like Southern Workers Organization. Reminder: Organize2020′s stated goal is to force a union.

Reminder: NC Justice Center is who gave birth to Blueprint NC, the group who disseminated the attack memo calling for the crippling, slamming and eviscerating of Republicans and Governor McCrory.
Rukiya and Ajamu Dillahunt. This is who the Wake County School board is actively engaged with and apparently listening to. Wake up, Wake County. You’re school board is in bed with the far Left.

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor at American Lens. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com. Her past writing can also be found at IJ review, Breitbart, FOX news, Da Tech Guy Blog, Heartland Institute, Civitas Institute and StopCommonCoreNC.org. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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