You’d think this was a sick practical joke for the county’s schoolteachers, but it isn’t:
Under the new system, a student’s behavior is factored out of his or her grades. The school system also now recommends that teachers do not factor homework into overall grades or give students marks below 50%.
Community Superintendent for Zone 2 George Roberts says low marks can damage a student’s feeling of self-potential.
“The power of the zero is extremely powerful and frankly hurtful to a student,” Roberts said. “If a child gets a zero on an assignment, it’s that much harder for the child to come out of.”