Should Teachers Take Grades

Jack Warner

Uncertain times make the decisions made by institutions, for the lack of a better word, uncertain. During spring break, grades were pulled from PowerSchool, and as of April 8, grades of non-college courses were not able to fall. Teachers also no longer accepted work from pre-quarantine. Although no one can predict the future, was this the best way to encourage learning during quarantine?

It is safe to say that many high school students will not participate in e-learning if it will not affect their grade. The policy the district has put into place is that normal high school class grades will not drop. They can raise up to 15% according to class participation. This does not apply to college or AP courses. This freezing of grades plays along with the theme that is being preached by the district to, “go easy on yourself,” according to a message to families on the North Kansas City School District website.

Ultimately, although the decision to freeze grade was without a doubt a tough one to make, the district is making the right call. It is disappointing that a lot of learning for the rest of the school year is being cut short. However, all that was left for many high school courses was a little portion of course work, and then EOCs and finals. It is also important to realize that those students who are compelled to log on and engage with e-learning course work would continue to enrich themselves no matter the circumstance. The district is accommodating those that are struggling in these uncertain times.

The community should appreciate this leniency toward grades and spend time with family. School work is still important and will be provided, and engagement will still be encouraged. But perspective is needed in trying times such as these, and grades for the final couple weeks of school should not be the top priority.