Tough love can be effective, but where do you draw the line?
One mother from Fairfax County, VA, is teaching her child the harsh consequences of slacking off in school. She believed that her daughter, who allegedly skipped classes frequently, was not living up to her academic potential.
And the mom wasn't about to let her daughter get away it. She boldly asked the school to fail her daughter in English, a punishment the mother thought was deserved. In a surprising twist, the school denied her request. The administration believed that failing her would not help her succeed since she understood what was being taught; her grades were simply the outcome of her laziness.
Yes, the daughter was nearly failing her English class after neglecting to do homework assignments and show up for exams, but the teacher still deemed her academically fit to move on to the next level of classes. In fact, she was given an A for the quarter, making her overall grade a D— high enough to pass the class.
The teacher also had a rule that despite the score on a final exam, a student's final class grades would either stay the same or be raised—even if the student skipped the test all together.
Should the school have denied the mother's request?