by Ilma Husain
Photo credit: Dozier-Libbey Medical High School students listen as Sarah Melvin teaches 11th grade U.S. History in Antioch, California, March 26, 2012. A recent change in the school’s grading system has raised concerns among teachers and parents. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/San Jose Mercury News/MCT)
Many students would agree that a lot of teachers these days can be too hard on their students…
It almost gets to the point where you think they do not care at all about where you end up in life. Teachers are supposed to prepare us for the real world and help us get into good colleges, but most of the time, they barely teach anything and then blame their students for not doing good in the class.
A teacher’s job is to actually teach his or her students the material on which they are to be tested. Unless it is an AP class, teachers cannot expect their students to learn everything themselves. Teachers nowadays barely teach the material and then they give ridiculously hard tests on it expecting the students to pass. How do you pass a test on stuff you never learned? It’s barely possible.
Another common habit of teachers that drives most students crazy is how they give out grades one percent away from the next letter up. If the student has been slacking all year then it is understandable, but if the student tries hard and is literally only three points away from the next letter grade then the teacher should have some sympathy and let the student make up some work to achieve that grade.
I do not understand how teachers do not feel bad when they do stuff like this. They know that this will go on our transcripts and affect our GPA. How can they so easily dismiss those three points and force you to settle for the 79%? Or how can they just watch you struggle through their class knowing that the reason you are failing is because they have messed up instructing habits? Teachers need to look at the way they are running their classes again and improve on it since the way they teach affects our transcripts in the long run.