A School Figures Out How to Raise Their Graduation Rate – Students Protest

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A Tennessee high school district that has a problem with students not graduating has figured out how to raise their graduation rates.  You’re probably thinking they’re providing tutoring or maybe even in-home tutoring?  How about a mentoring program matching students who are in jeopardy of failing with students who are doing well?  Or even mentoring with adult community leaders?

Should everybody graduate?

Sound like pretty good ideas, right?  Well, those are good ideas, they’re just not what the school district is doing.  Please put your beverage down, swallow if you are drinking, and press the play button.


No mentoring, no tutoring.  Well, the “no tutoring” part isn’t exactly true, they have tutoring, failing students just don’t want to participate.

MADISONVILLE – One school district’s controversial new grading policy could end up on the chopping block Thursday evening.

A majority of the Monroe County school board’s nine members voted last month to adopt a grading policy that bans teachers from handing out any grade lower than 60 percent.

What a novel solution.  If students won’t do the work, just pass them anyway.  Monroe County is preparing their students for public employee union jobs, not the real world.

Who wouldn’t like an idea like this?

What we find most interesting is that the School Board is revisiting their policy not because teachers are protesting, no sir.  This actually makes being a high school teacher in Monroe County even easier.  They don’t need to do much of anything with this policy, including teach.  Just hand out passing grades.

The policy is being revisited because of protests from the students.


Sixteen-year-old Leslie Summitt opposes the new grading policy. She is a sophomore at Sequoyah High School, one of Monroe County’s three high schools, all of which are subject to the new grading policy.

“It’s not a good policy,” Summitt said Wednesday evening. “It’s not for the better of everyone — all students.”

She and her friend Brianna Irvin have gathered the signatures of more than 200 fellow students who also oppose the policy. They’ll present that petition at Thursday night’s meeting.

“Students like me work hard for their grades, and the fact that they would receive a grade the same as a student who didn’t work as hard as them is not fair,” Summitt said, adding she earns A’s and B’s in her classes while also participating in sports, working a part-time job and helping care for her younger siblings.

These young ladies, Leslie and Brianna, are a lot smarter than the school board members or the policy’s supporters in the community.

Proponents, on the other hand, have said the policy helps prevent students from failing high school.

The proponents are too stupid to understand that this policy also sends a signal that a high school diploma from Monroe County, under this new policy, is now worthless.

What happens in the real world?

Probably the biggest problem in K-12 schools today is “social promotion.”  In other words, promoting kids who can’t do the work at their grade level to a higher grade so they won’t be stigmatized.

This is a policy that was dreamed up by “educators.”  People who hold PhDs in education and work at “schools of education.”  The net result of their social promotion policies is that in Chicago, high school graduates read at a 6th grade level (and the teacher’s union is proud of that) and in New York City, 80% of high school graduates need remedial reading and math to attend community college.

“Educators” and unionized teachers are an enemy of the state.

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