The Demise of Ds
If you raise the standards for students will they meet the challenge? I visited a middle school recently and learned how they threw the option of a D in a class out the window. Instead, the grades are As, Bs, and Cs. The other option is an F and no credit. Interestingly, the school has seen growth in all its grades and fewer flunking. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/07/mount_olive_school_board_elimi.html
By the way, I also realized that I now have spent the same amount of time in my life advocating for school reform as I have spent actually in K-12 myself.