"What do you mean we aren't retaining any kids this year?"
Befuddled, confused, annoyed, furious - these are all the emotions that erupted as I was told that we can't retain any kids... REALLY?!? Even the one who doesn't take any notes because he can "do it in his head" yet gets them wrong, doesn't check/correct his work, doesn't do 90% of the homework, doesn't answer questions correctly in class, doesn't stay on task for small group instruction. REALLY?!? Get's 25% (regularly) on independent work, which is the same as if the student was to guess. Can't spell his way out of a paper bag...REALLY?!?
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this kid! But this one really needs to stay in 4th grade! He passed 3rd by the skin of his teeth... Oh, he will just flounder in 5th grade :(
When asked who was not going to pass the alternative test which students are taking tomorrow, I said the student's name (which should not be a surprise since this cherub has been on "the list" since last year...). The response I got was, "Well we can't retain any kids anymore."
"WHAT?!? What kind of BS is THAT?!? Since when and says who?"
Long and short of it, the new Super says we can't because research shows that students who are retained are more likely to drop out.
Well, duh! So now we just pass everybody along??
Oh! And it doesn't end there... the state would have to pay for another year of public education for this retainee... REALLY?!? THAT's where this world is headed??
Is it just me? Am I the last to hear of this astonishing news?? Is it even true?? Or is this some sort of joke?