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Gee. What more is there to say than that?
I could give anecdotes - but that would only serve to depress you also - and give me away.
I know what rigor is. I expect it for myself and for my own children. I even expect it for the housepets, for goodness sakes.
But the administration wants to pass anyone who shows the slightest effort, regardless of how late it is in the game. And then wonders why these kids do not retain information from year to year. Do you suppose it is because they think copying information from the board is the same as listening to the lecture and doing work on their own?
I have started responding to "I am doing my work" with "No, you are doing MY work. I am the only one here doing any work."
Without the Powers That Be realizing that they will have to deal with one or two semesters of high failing grades, we will NEVER change the effort students are willing to do. You want to judge me on how many pass? Then they will pass, rigor be damned.
You want them to learn what they need to? Then back me up when I write them up for fooling around, talking, disrespect - and let me give them the grade they earned. (And back me up with the parents). Otherwise, look at what we collectively are doing to these kids and understand that they will stay at the bottom for a very long time.