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When students who should be failing automatically advance to next grade from elementary school through high school, problem keeps getting worse. By graduation day, some students who graduate can barely read their own diplomas. In effect, these students get a counterfeit diploma that is nothing more than a twelve-year attendance record.
What does automatic promotion teach children? Many students tend to set their standards no higher than what their teachers or school expects of them. Automatic promotion lets students coast along with little or no effort, knowing they will advance to next grade even if they never study or do their homework, or receive low grades on their tests. Automatic promotion also tells kids they can succeed in life without effort or perseverance.
Besides creating millions of graduating illiterates, automatic promotion tells kids that mediocrity and laziness are ac-ceptable. It tragically sets children up to fail later in life when reality smacks them in face -- when they apply for college or a job. These are not lessons that schools should be teaching our children.
Article Copyrighted © 2005 by Joel Turtel.
Joel Turtel is the author of ďPublic Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children." Website: http://www.mykidsdeservebetter.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Phone: 718-447-7348.