(Former Chief Academic Officer) Rimmer's decision was a part of a larger effort to focus more on what students learn, and less on how long it takes them. She once proposed what she called an "at-your-pace" diploma, which students would earn in three to five years. The idea was to acknowledge that not all students learn at the same rate, and should be able to retake a class without being punished or discouraged by receiving a failing grade the first time. (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Anyone who's ever memorized tons of information for a test on Friday, then deleted it from memory permanently by Saturday knows how meaningless grades really are.
As a home school teacher, there's very little I can grade objectively. I also allow "retakes" of tests. One time I realized my daughter didn't know an effective study strategy for the test I'd given her twice! The third time, she aced it. Guess who's fault it was that she had to take the test three times - mine!!!
What it really boils down to is how hard is your student willing to work? That's all that counts in the "real world" when you get a job. Willingness to work increases with (drum roll please) interest. What's your student passionate about? That's what matters!
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