Education should be about experimenting, listening to all sides

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lines have been drawn over a controversial grading system being implemented at Liberal High School, and the rhetoric from both sides is only making the issue worse.

Pilot programs are a good way to test new theories, and trying out the competency based grading in a limited form is not a bad idea.

But the district’s policy on just exactly what a pilot program is, and how far it can be implemented without board knowledge or approval is vague at best.

Without effective policy, any principal could try any new grading experiment, and have all students in a school receiving grades from the “pilot” without board knowledge or approval, or even superintendent knowledge or approval.

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