Late assignments? No problem!
The news from education just keeps getting worse. Teachers in Manitoba are being told to not reduce grades for late assignments. Brilliant. Just brilliant. Are there to be no consequences for behavior? The argument seems to be that the mark should reflect what the student has learned not when an assignment was completed. I would argue that meeting a deadline is part of what students learn in school. If there is no consequence for late assignments, why would any student bother to turn in anything on time? Teachers could reward prompt assignments in some other way but I’m sure that wouldn’t last long before they were criticized for discriminating against the late students.
Some of the teachers in Manitoba are even encouraged to accept assignments after the end of the term and to amend the previous terms marks. That is absolutely ridiculous. Either you meet the requirements for completing a course within the designated term or you don’t. If you don’t, it should be “thanks for participating and please try again next time.”
Actually, when marks are rather “soft”, reductions don’t mean much anyway. At our school, report card grades are given as S (starting to meet expectations), M (meets expectations), and E (Exceeds expectations). It’s hard to take 10% off of an “M” for late assignments. I believe that high schools actually give percentage marks. Or at least they do now.