To bolster academics, officials are discussing a proposal that would keep any student who fails any classes from attending extracurricular events – from band concerts to football games. The "no-pass, no-attend" proposal would transcend no-pass, no-play, the state rule prohibiting a student who fails a class from participating in extracurricular activities.Does anyone think this is really a good idea? The article raises several concerns: Administrators having to police attendance at games. the dilemma of single-parent families with, say, one kid failing and others passing, and the inevitable legal questions, which have yet to be resolved.
Although they were concerned some students might cause trouble if banned from school events, DeSoto school board members generally seemed to favor the proposal during a recent meeting.
I'm not in favor of such an idea because I doubt it would accomplish what it sets out to do, and because it might have unintended negative consequences. For one thing, if a student is attending a game, concert or similar event, at least he's at school and under adult supervision. The alternative might be, what....out on the streets? Besides, a kid who's not doing well might already have a negative attitude toward school; take away something that might be the one enjoyable thing about school for that student, and the downward spiral could continue.
Besides, I've never actually been on board with the way no-pass, no-play is done in Texas. I don't agree with the idea of penalizing a student who fails one class. That student simply could have had a bad day, a bad test...or a bad teacher. If I could reform Texas education (and boy, would I), that whole thing would be tied to cumulative grade point average, which is what counts in college...and I'm all in favor of making high school more like college in many ways (but that's a different post for a different time). Taking away what might be the student's only passion because of a bad grade in a single class has never held water with me. (And if you're wondering, it never was an issue with me, because I can name you the four things I've failed in school right here: Two consecutive sixth-grade math tests, my clarinet proficiency barrier in college, and a midterm in [thankfully] the only music history course I took in grad school.)
I'm especially interested in hearing from my fellow educators on this one--Super Anonymous JP? Ms. Worley? I realize that I might get people agreeing with me on the DeSoto proposal being a bad idea, yet thinking I'm all wet on the no-pass issue, but hopefully, it'll be a good debate.
Cool + beans: I've gone to Starbucks every night this week so far, not just because the new banana fraps are awesome (though they are), but so I could enjoy these cool nights on the patio. I know we'll be missing them in a month or so, when it's 89 degrees at ten o'clock at night, but for now...it's been gorgeous.