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New School Policy Forbids Teachers From Failing Students Caught Cheating

Caught
cheating? In my days, that’s an automatic fail.

But not anymore, at least not in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada! Teachers
there are forbidden to fail a student caught cheating:

The school board had defended the policy change, on grounds that
cheating students could still be disciplined — including a suspension
from school — and that a failing grade did not resolve whether
the student had actually learned an assignment.

But critics said the policy helped coddle students, and gave a
signal that cheating does not have serious consequences.

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December 2nd, 2011

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