Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Cover Story

Alternatives to Failing Your Students
By Bill Page

Among problems facing every teacher, none is more perplexing, pernicious, and persistent than teaching students who don't, or won't learn. Teachers dread having to give F's; they are humiliating, marginalizing, and devastating to kids. Teachers try their best to avoid failing kids by offering extra opportunities, alternatives, by fudging on grading procedures, and by arbitrary marking. Failing students represents an assault on the teacher's role and self-esteem. No student wants to fail, and no teacher wants students to fail, but they are related routine occurrences and a vicious cycle....

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