If your assignment is late, you may get a big, fat ZERO!

Posted: August 26, 2010 in Curriculum, Province
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Many parents I know have long thought that the recent practice of banning “zeros” as grades as being too lenient on tardy students. After all, most students find the time to hand their work in within the prescribed period, so why “reward” lazy students?

There are, of course, legitimate reasons for tardiness (e.g., sickness, problems at home) but any teacher worth their salt would give the students some leeway in these situations anyhow. But in recent years, teachers were instructed by the Ontario Ministry of Education to use zeros only as a last resort. Some schools banned zeros altogether. But now:

New guidelines that take effect next month clearly give teachers the discretion to hand students a zero.

“Students must understand that there will be consequences for not completing assignments for evaluation or for submitting those assignments late,” says a ministry report, titled Growing Success.

“That’s a monumental change,” said Ken Coran, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation. He says students need to learn about meeting deadlines.

“In university in any job if you’re not fulfilling your duties there are ramifications and repercussions for that,” Coran said.

The change takes effect with the arrival of the new school year.

I think this is a good move. Students must be taught the seriousness of deadlines before entering post-secondary institutions or the workforce.

What do you think?

  1. I think you are correct. Having had to deal with new workers who were not used to the concept of deadlines and the ramifications for not meeting them, I welcome this change.

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