A Florida teacher has outrageously been fired just because she rightly gave students a “zero” grade for failing to turn in assignments.
Diane Tirado, a teacher at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie, Florida, found her contract terminated when administrators found she was giving students the big goose egg for refusing to turn in their homework assignments.
She disagreed when school administrators told her that she had to give students a 50 percent score for doing nothing or risk hurting their widdle feeeeelings.
The story comes from Fox 10 News:
That’s why she wrote a goodbye message to her eighth graders on a white board saying: “Bye Kids, Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in. ?? Mrs. Tirado”
Diane Tirado has been a teacher for years, but she started at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie in August as an eighth grade U.S. history teacher.
“Teaching is a calling for me,” she said.
She assigned an explorer notebook project, which she said she gave students two weeks to complete.
When several students didn’t turn it in, Tirado found out about what she calls a “no zero” policy, which is reflected in the West Gate student and parent handbook. Below the grading rubric, in red lettering, the handbook states “NO ZEROS- LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%”
The “no zero” policy is even written in the student handbook.
“I’m so upset because we have a nation of kids that are expecting to get paid and live their life just for showing up and it’s not real,” the fired teacher said.
Tirado also posted about her predicament on Facebook:
Some students even sided with the fired teacher.
“You were right about not giving people 50s because why would you give them half credit for doing nothing?” one student said.
For its part, the school denies that it has a “no zero policy,” but did note that an “F” grade equals a 50 to 59 points grade range.
For her part, Tirado was happy to see her story making national news. She commented on that fact in a Wednesday Facebook post.
“The fight has gotten real. News stations everywhere are discussing school policy and questioning what we are doing to our youth,” she wrote. “Already, i have reached my goal by creating conversation about a very serious topic. I hope this conversation will create policy change. Thank you for all your support!”
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