Using the rubric critique each student. a paragraph each. attached is the discussion rubric and the reading material.
Sydney Vasquez In Praise of The F Word
– In her title, Sherry refers to flunking as the “F word.” What point is she making by doing this?
Sherry is referring to flunking students as the F word. The point she is trying to get across is not allowing students to just skate by high school with not really identifying the real issue at hand. Without requiring students to really focus on the coursework and master it, is basically just cheating them and also the employers of the job field they will have to step into. Sherry used her own son as an example with an English professor. It seemed as though her son was not really paying attention in the class and also chatting with his friends – instead of using her suggestion, the teacher explained to her she will just fail him instead. This technique in my opinion is very useful. Students no matter what background they come from, need to have motivation to complete the coursework to further their education propertly.
– What does Sherry mean in Paragraph 10 when she says, “Flunking as a regular policy has just as much merit today as it did two generations ago”?
Sherry is saying that she believes that no matter how many generations go by, flunking is still a positive teaching tool that is seen to be effective. It should be used as a technique to explain to students that they are more than capable of completing the work placed in front of them by their professor. It seems as though some teachers have gotten into the habit of being more compassionate to all the other things students might supposedly have going on at home, but students also should use that as motivation to further their education and lessen the possibility of failure.
Celina Furness In Praise Of The “F Word”
Who or what does Sherry blame for the “meaningless diplomas” that are issued each year? What other reasons for this situation can you think of?
Students are slipping through the cracks from elementary all the way through high school, at the fault of America’s educational system and its teachers. Sherry explains that teachers struggle with getting students attention, as well as instilling in them a sense of urgency. Most importantly, however, teachers fail to use the threat of failure as a motivational tool. It is not to say that teachers should threaten failure at every turn, but that students are being wrongfully passed without any consequences for their lack of action. Students also struggle with a lack of motivation, which Sherry attributes to a lack of maturity. However, this problem is not purely the fault of educators. The school system itself often encourages allowing students to pass, citing concerns of budgeting and lack of resources. On the topic resources, teachers are often underpaid and overworked, and are not given enough of a budget or the right tools to support struggling students. Passing and graduating students who are not really for the professional world is doing a disservice to schools, the students, and the workplace alike.
In her title, Sherry refers to flunking as the “F Word.” What point is she making by doing this?
Sherry refers to flunking as the “F Word” in order to associate it with something bad, taboo, and/or scary (much like the actual F word). This tactic is used strategically, since the threat of failure is not used or followed through with nearly enough in high school. Although Sherry associates failure with a negative swear word, she also cites it as a “…positive teaching tool,” (Sherry, 3). Flunking must be taken very seriously in order to be effectively motivational. Instead of allowing students to slip through the cracks, Sherry explains that teachers and parents both have to band together and make good on their threats of the “F Word”.
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