What is the impact of social promotion to students when they get to high school?

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Need to teach the right lesson

By Jon Anderson

In the first nine years of my education I didn’t have any problems with school and I assumed High School would be no problems.  I couldn’t have been any further from the truth, when I entered high school it was a different world.  Things that were considered final projects in middle school were now just average end of the month projects.  Of course I adjusted and got used to the work load but there were people who didn’t fell behind.  I go to Morell High so this caused a problem as the school is grades nine to twelve so those people who fell way behind still couldn’t fail.  The next year when people fell behind they got bad marks and eventually failed.

At the time I never thought it was strange that people who didn’t work still passed, but now when I think about it I find it unfair.  Does somebody who doesn’t do any work and ignores everything everyday deserve to pass?  In other provinces they say it’s not so they fail students and eventually they smarten up and do better.  This would give students a better chance to learn the basics they need for further on and prepare them more for standardized testing.   In turn this would help a student meet deadlines which is all too important in the future. 

When a child learns something young it sticks with them, so if you teach a kid that hard work isn’t important that sticks with them.  They will grow up to get jobs that they won’t work hard at because they don’t know the value of hard work they won’t try.  This tells us we need to teach kids how the real world punishes us or they won’t learn.

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, North America, Europe Canada

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  • Interesting
    June 22, 2014 - 09:48

    Very well written article and surprised people have not commented. Students should be judged on merit just as employees are done. In years past it was known that study was necessary and we worked harder to be sure we weren't left behind... This social practice might even be a major reason our education system is failing our students.

  • Interesting
    June 22, 2014 - 09:44

    Very well written article and surprised people have not commented. Students should be judged on merit just as employees are done. In years past it was known that study was necessary and we worked harder to be sure we weren't left behind... This social practice might even be a major reason our education system is failing our students.