Originally Posted by eburgess
High School students are NOT adults. They are children. We are not dealing with the issue of high school students wanted to be treated as adults, we are talking about a student's private information in this case grades. Teachers are expected to respect their students REGARDLESS of how bad for good that student is doing in their class. And what this teacher would not qualify as respectful.
Teachers are also expected to get their students to a level where they can pass exams and graduate. Theory is all "fine and good", but in a classroom situation, particularly with underachievers, you have to use what brings results, not what so-called experts with little or no teaching experience recommend. I teach at a junior college, and am seeing this "live", and not for the first time. A relatively new colleague with a doctorate in education is trying to apply theory in the classroom, instead of dealing with each class as a mixed bag of individuals, some of them pretty hard-sotted, and has totally lost all control. A class of 18 is suddenly reduced to 3 or 4 when she teaches them, and the ones who show up "diss" her constantly. She's so worried about undermining their self-confidence that she's been reduced to a bundle of nerves, and is being ignored by the "kids".
Just how "private" are grades, when you have kids arguing in class that it's unfair that they had 10 mistakes and got a "C", while the person who sits next to them had 9.5 mistakes, and got a "C+"? Or when students are ranked, listed as members of the National Honor Society, or put into tracks?
Another thing: Did the teacher in the situation cited actually say that the girl got a "C"? We're all operating on hearsay here.