This is why college students have problems.

Pittsburgh Public Schools are following Dallas with the goofy idea that students should not fail.

The ‘E’ is to be recorded no lower than a 50 percent, regardless of the actual percent earned. For example, if the student earns a 20 percent on a class assignment, the grade is recorded as a 50 percent,” said the memo from Jerri Lippert, the district’s executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional development, and Mary VanHorn, a PFT vice president.

a 20 percent score means a student isn’t trying or needs more help with the material. Automatically putting 50 percent in the grade book… doesn’t help the student in either case.

And … one teacher she knows already worries about how awkward it will look when a student correctly answers three of 10 questions on a math quiz — and gets a 50 percent.

Will this really help our students? No, it won’t. And it isn’t fair to the people who actually work hard. I am opposed.

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