I know a lot of you won't agree with me here, but I really don't think the grading changes taking place in Dallas schools are good ones. Think about this: When you know you have a test coming up that you need to study for, you study for it. You do your best to learn the material and get it right the first time.
But if you know you can retake the test if you flunk it, what's the point of studying in the first place? You'd find out what was on the test, study for certain answers, then get them right the second time through. How in the world is that fair to the students who do what they're supposed to do and pass the first time?
You won't be able to retake your tests in college. And what about work? Consider my job: If I fail to get a story right the first time you see it, I don't get a second chance. It would make me and our show look bad, and there'd be nothing I could do about it.
Now I'm not saying you should be perfect and ace every test you take. But if you flunk one or two, you usually have the chance to do better on the next tests. Being able to retake a test you failed might improve your overall grade, but it won't prepare you for the challenges you'll face once you're out of school.
Carl Azuz, Anchor
John Martin, CNN Student News Curriculum Writer