Grading equity is better for learning
I read with great interest and validation the Tribune article (“Faced with soaring Ds and Fs, school ditch old way of grading”) in the Nov. 10 Gazette about equitable changes to grading practices in schools.
I, too, have read Joe Feldman’s “Grading for Equity” and incorporated some of the equitable grading practices into my grading system.
I highly encourage other educators to look into his book and have found that minimum grading and allowing for retakes have impacted my students the most.
Students are more motivated to actually learn the material and engage in the course content.
Equity in grading reflects respect for the very personal process of learning, mastery of goals based on measurable objectives, and brings a greater sense of consistency to account for a student’s individual situation (life outside of school, abilities, and/or any challenges they are facing).
As a teacher (and certainly a parent), there were many lessons learned from pandemic-forced school closures.
This lesson is one that I am grateful to have learned.
The writer is a New York State Master Teacher Emeritus and school board member.
Who wants to live under dictatorship
It’s clear that those who criticize the Biden Administration on a seemingly daily basis, as evidenced by the numerous comments in the letters section of The Gazette, don’t — in my opinion — have a solid grasp on what freedom is.
And that raises the question: Why do these, allegedly, freedom-loving folks want to live in a Trump-run dictatorship?
Biden forfeiting too much of America
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said that $1 billion was set aside to take down racist bridges. He said some bridges and expressways were put through Black neighborhoods and should be taken down.
Does that mean they aren’t necessary? Since the Thruway goes through Harlem, should it be stopped at Spring Valley? Maybe the money might be better spent improving those neighborhoods.
The New York Times said that Biden planned to give $430,000 to each immigrant family who was separated from their child.
He said it isn’t that much, but they deserve something. I’ve read where another bill allows undocumented immigrants to apply for Social Security and claim recovery sums. That’ll stop immigration.
What about the homeless Americans in this country, especially our veterans? Maybe the next step is to give reparations to the descendants of slaves as some politicians are calling for.
We can open the borders and give the cartel the marijuana franchise in the United States.
This will create jobs for the new immigrants and help control the flow.
I’m sure when our grandchildren rank the greatest presidents, Iron Joe Biden will be at the forefront if Russia and China don’t own us by then.
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