Who’s Really to Blame for that Failing Grade?

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Who’s Really to Blame for that Failing Grade?

Kelly Fee, Reporter

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“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”—Winston Churchill.

With the end of the semester coming up, students strive to get their grades in tip top shape.  However, the minority falling behind in courses with doubtfulness of passing turn to other alternatives. It is a natural human response to resort to blame when given the responsibility of one’s own failures.

Primarily, teachers provide a specific curriculum that’s required under state standards to ensure that a student is delivered the appropriate material they need so that when they get to complete the course they can take the appropriate test to show they have learned the material. However, not all students blame teachers. “The teacher does have a lot to do with it because some teachers can reach out to students and offer one-on-one time or extra credit,” freshman Abby Kesitilwe said regarding failing a class.

Besides teachers, parents play an integral role in the success of their child’s education.

It’s been a topic of conferences for years: what are the parents doing at home to help their child? With this question floating around, it leads one to inquire if it’s the parents fault for their children’s failure.

Equally, teachers often believe responsibility rests on the students’ shoulders. “Typically the reason why students fail their courses is because they make the decision usually the first or second week they come into school not to do their work,” biology teacher Joel Silverstein explained.

Although parents and teachers play an important part in a student’s education, overall it comes down to students and what they do to improve. It needs to be acknowledged that this is high school, and everybody has a responsibility. Students do not have to be defined based on their grades and attitude towards education, even though it is a possibility. “I have really great students [with] great personalities that don’t get the best grades,” English teacher Jodi Merritt said.

Concluding the semester, there are possibilities that those failing grades won’t magically go up. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and looking for a new result, so start off next semester new with a fresh approach, and over time the struggle will fade.