Last night, my daughter brought home a “contract” titled “Classroom Rules” from her 9th grade French teacher. The contract was to be signed by both the student and the parent/guardian.
According to the Rules, “If [a student] chooses to break a rule [s/he] earns a zero for the day.”
As readers of this blog know, I disagree with the giving of a zero for a grade. So, in good conscience, I couldn’t sign the bottom of the form, which stated: “I understand and support the rules.”
I crossed out “support the rules,” put an asterisk beside it, and wrote:
Based on my own research, my husband and I don’t agree with the giving of a “zero” as a grade. If you’re interested in seeing that research, I’d be delighted to share it with you.
I’ll let you know what happens.