"Unable to assess" is the new "F for fail" - Macleans.ca

“Unable to assess” is the new “F for fail”

Zero is the toughest mark for students to earn in many Edmonton-area schools

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Growing disquiet in Canada surrounding how schools assess students arrives now in Edmonton, where an unofficial “no-zero” policy prevails: “The teachers are very forgiving,” one student tells the Edmonton Journal. “They give you a deadline after a deadline, and that’s great because it takes away the stress.” Writes the Journal’s Sarah O’Donnell: “Those who believe the no-zero approach coddles students compare it to showing up for work late or missing a credit-card payment: There are negative consequences such as getting fired or paying a financial penalty.”

The Edmonton Journal

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