Teachers want to replace failure with "deferred success




 
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Boots
 
July 20th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 

Topic: Teachers want to replace failure with "deferred success


Lets all hold hands, tell our kids they are perfect in everyway, make our kids complete wusses, and watch them crash and burn in the real world...this crap has to stop

Teachers say no-one should 'fail'
Wednesday, 20 July, 2005, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has dismissed suggestions that the concept of "failure" should be removed from school in favour of "deferred success".

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has dismissed suggestions that the concept of "failure" should be removed from school in favour of "deferred success".

She said she gave the idea - which will be discussed at a teachers' conference - "nought out of 10".

The Professional Association of Teachers will be told at its meeting next week that the label of failure could undermine pupils' enthusiasm.

Delegates will also hear a condemnation of the phrase "happy slapping".

The term is used to describe bullying where assaults are filmed on mobile phones.

Liz Beattie, a retired teacher, will call on the association's annual gathering in Buxton, Derbyshire, to "delete the word 'fail' from the educational vocabulary to be replaced with the concept of 'deferred success'".

Demolish

She argues that repeated failure, such as in exams, can damage pupils' interest in learning.

She told the Today programme on BBC Radio Four she had deliberately made the motion provocative to spark a good debate, but said it reflected the way the education system was developing.

"We have made so much development in recent years in making examinations more flexible, doing them in modules so you can concentrate on different parts of them at different times," she said.

"What happens when an exam is failed but, for example, three-quarters of it is perfectly satisfactorily done? It should be possible to do the other bits as add-ons afterwards and to defer the success of the exam."


When young people grow up they have to deal with success and failure
Ruth Kelly, Education Secretary

Wesley Paxton, a member of the association's council, is supporting the motion.

"Elsewhere we applaud those who persevere, like marathon contestants who take days to complete. It's time we made the word 'fail' redundant and replaced it with 'please do a bit more'," he said.

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly told the Today programme on BBC Radio Four: "For that particular proposal, I think I might give them nought out of 10.

"It's really important for young people to grow up with the ability to get on and achieve, but also to find out what failure is.

"When young people grow up and enter the adult world they have to deal with success and failure, and education is about creating well-rounded young people who can deal with these sorts of situations."

The association, one of the smaller organisations for teachers, will also hear a call to block the use of the term "happy slapping" - when the attacks recorded on phones should be labelled as either an assault or bullying.

And there will be a call for "the producers of children's programmes to consider and address the presentation, language and diction of those programmes".

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July 20th, 2005  
C/2nd Lt Robot
 
 
Oh no not failure. Anything but that. No one must fail. If it's called deferred succes then I'd be a bad teacher. "All ya'll failed. Except for that Doody person. He get's a B minus." I couldn't resist.
July 20th, 2005  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
a B munis...who's your daddy now!!!! I gots that good edumacation. My teacher said I had defferred success.

If failing is now deferred success, then is a D considered marginal success, a C average success, a B success and an A outstanding success...



I hope this crap is not in effect by the time I am ready to be a teach.
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Boots
July 20th, 2005  
C/2nd Lt Robot
 
 
I hope this never goes into effect.
July 20th, 2005  
behemoth79
 
 
there we go again. people not wanting to hurt eachothers feelings. IF you ask me the term failure doesnt undermind a student. it gives them the reality that if they dont try harder they will not only fail in the classroom but fail at life.
July 20th, 2005  
Italian Guy
 
 
Doesn't make me laugh anymore. This politically correctness is sickening.
July 21st, 2005  
Locke
 
 
amen.
now excuse me while i go puke

how much molly coddling can there be? we are creating a society which is too touchy feely and afraid of being told what they dont want to hear.

in the words of donald trump "i'm deferring your opportunities for employment at this institution"