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Letters to the editor, May 12


The Denton Record-Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor pertaining to the May 27 primary runoff elections. Letters must follow all regular submission rules. Primary runoff election letters must be received in this office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15; none will be published after Tuesday, May 20.

Radical change

Changing the grading system may not require board approval, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have happened. Making a radical change to the way students are evaluated should include a vote to determine which board members approve of such a measure when one considers the impact.

Years from now these students will enter college or the workplace with terrible habits established as a result. Who wants an employee who has learned being punctual is not important, incomplete work is not penalized or having multiple opportunities to “get it right” is expected?

This is what the Denton school district will be teaching the students.

The idea that students should “take ownership of their learning” would be laughable if it weren’t so serious. We are talking about children — teenagers who do not own anything for a good reason — they are immature children. They do not have the maturity to make such decisions. That is why they can’t vote, buy alcohol or go to “NC-17” movies.

As a former teacher, this new system takes all control away from the teacher. No more leverage for students to behave properly, turn in work on time or study for tests.

How will parents know what their children are being taught or learning? No homework, tests, grades or deadlines to be met.

Board President Charles Stafford and the entire board need to be held responsible for this lunacy. If ever there was a reason for a complete change of leadership on the board, this is it.

Steve Sullivan,