Baltimore Student Stands at Top Half of Class With a 0.13 GPA! How?
Whose responsible when the school fails at their obligations?
Across the nation, a hefty and much-needed conversation regarding the role and responsibilities of our public schools is taking place. Amidst the pandemic, many parents have just now for the first time realized what is going on with their student’s education since the average American living room has now become a virtual classroom.
The issues regarding large and burdensome class sizes, hostile takeovers by teachers’ unions, unpopular and controversial curricula, and disciplinary practices isn’t something new, however. To pretend that public schools only started developing these issues because of the lockdowns is a fatal misunderstanding of the larger issue that public education is not about academic learning, it’s about indoctrination, and simply put, taxpayer sponsored babysitting.
One case which is causing a frenzy online is that of a teenager in Baltimore who not only passed three of his classes during his four years of high school but still manages to stand above half of the class he was supposed to graduate with by holding a nightmarish 0.13 GPA!
According to Fox 45 News in Baltimore, Maryland:
A shocking discovery out of a Baltimore City high school, where Project Baltimore has found hundreds of students are failing. It’s a school where a student who passed three classes in four years, ranks near the top half of his class with a 0.13 grade point average.
Tiffany France thought her son would receive his diploma this coming June. But after four years of high school, France just learned, her 17-year-old must start over. He’s been moved back to ninth grade.
“He's stressed and I am too. I told him I'm probably going to start crying. I don't know what to do for him,” France told Project Baltimore. “Why would he do three more years in school? He didn't fail, the school failed him. The school failed at their job. They failed. They failed, that's the problem here. They failed. They failed. He didn't deserve that.”
If you’re a parent like myself, you probably feel a knot developing in your stomach while reading this and asking how on earth something like this can happen in a country as rich and developed as ours.
The piece continues:
As we dig deeper into her son’s records, we can see in his first three years at Augusta Fells, he failed 22 classes and was late or absent 272 days. But in those three years, only one teacher requested a parent conference, which France says never happened. No one from the school told France her son was failing and not going to class.
Each week on The World According to Ben Stein, we discuss the promise and nature of opportunity of America. It is vital to understand that the only time any government or institution is truly up to standard is when the people hold them to it. Whether by attending meetings, running for school board, or simply taking a look at your child’s textbooks, the only way anyone is going to hold these schools to the task is by doing it ourselves.
No one cares, loves, or understands your children more than you. They deserve better.
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