So, this year, and last year too, as my middle school kids came home with a new lingo for school discipline and behavior issues, I was a bit perplexed. No longer do educators use terms (at least in our middle school) like missing assignment or detention, or even test. Evidently those terms are not positive enough? Perhaps they are deemed harsh or unpleasant? I don't know. I wasn't their when the new verbiage to be implemented was being discussed.
Anywho, in case you're curious, these are the new terms being used in our school district:
Missed Learning Opportunity (missed assignment)
Power Hour (After school detention)
Lunch Academy (Lunch detention- where you get sent to finished your Missed Learning Opportunity)
Formative Assessment (quiz)
Summative Assessment (test)
and, grading now looks like this:
Insufficient Evidence (F)
I mean, I'm all for positivity. I really am. Heck, I grew up with the most positive woman in the world as my own dear mother. But, my gosh. This is ridiculous. My concern has to do with how these kids will react to the "harsh reality" of the real world when they leave the cocoon of our small school district and face more negative wording in their college or trade school studies. If you've never seen a bright red F on your paper as a student because you spent your years seeing "insufficient
evidence" instead, don't you think it might devastate a new college student to see something like that? I'm so thankful I had been toughen up enough that when I took that dastardly hard MCom class at BYU and I got a -7 ( that was a -7/25 not 7/25) on my first quiz, and was able to keep my composure and not have a total break down in the classroom.
I mean, in life sometimes you fail and you get an F. F for failure. And, sometimes you are a little turd and need to spend time in detention, not "power hour". And, the whole Missed Learning Opportunity, sure I guess technically that's what it is but in reality you didn't so much miss it, because it is much more likely you chose not to do it. You need to own it. Missed seems so accidental. It is almost always a choice whether you do your
What say you? Am I being too much of a Debbie Downer about this stuff? Should I put on my Pollyanna hat and embrace this strategy?