Dumb just got dumber in Minnesota schools, where a middle school has made it effectively impossible to fail a test.
That is: No knowledge now literally counts as having enough knowledge.
Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake admitted as much this week in a video posted to YouTube, saying that its new grading system was created, in part, to fight “systemic racism,” DailyMail.com reports.
The new scale ranges from an A (any score above 92.5 percent) to an I (50 percent to 59.49 percent). Below that, however, a letter grade will not be used, including F.
Students are also encouraged to retake or revise tests, quizzes and other assignments, enjoying a 10-day window to do so after a grade has been given, said Associate Principal Norman Bell.
Kind of like life always gives you a second, third, or tenth chance.
Principal Christina Pierre emphasized that not every student gets things right the first time.
Of course, if you CAN get it right the first time, your talents and gifts are no longer so special.
Back when he won the 2021 Superintendent of the Year designation from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, district superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak said grades can perpetuate systemic racism.
“Grading can be one of the largest areas in which systemic racism and inequities are perpetuated,” the group’s website reads. “Dr. Kazmierczak and [the school district] believe grades should be a measure of what a student knows and has mastered in a given course. Grading should not be a behavior punishment and should not be a measure of how well a student can survive stress at home.”
Only when bad grades no longer matter, good ones really don’t either.