Not failing students has pros and cons

Not failing students has pros and cons

For the alerts World Bank and other international organizations Y nationals I am sure that this scenario is generalized. The pandemic has marked all of us, including children and adolescents. Therefore, the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) ordered that, in this school year and the beginning of the next, those who attend primary and secondary school will not be able to obtain grades below six. That is, there will be no failures. Nor will class attendance be taken as a determinant of approval.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this measure?

It must be recognized that after a closure of schools for more than 53 weeks in the face of the health crisis, added to growing signs of loss of knowledge, this and the following school cycles cannot be handled as “normal”. As an education expert with whom I spoke recently says, this measure is a way of not holding students responsible for poor school performance, which is due to multiple factors such as shortcomings in distance classes, complex family environments or lack of connectivity or support to recover learning.

It is also a way to avoid the emotional damage caused by failing, which can reduce academic achievement and reinforce school dropout. A girl or boy who is not in an optimal emotional state does not learn in the same way, so she may lose the desire to continue her studies. Not to mention that our educational system is not prepared for a massive failure, which is likely due to the disparity of knowledge with which the students returned to the classroom.

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However, this decision has serious risks for which educational communities and authorities must prepare. To the extent that students pass without the necessary knowledge, the work of the teachers of the following grades will become more complicated. With this, the educational lag could be perpetuated and expanded, unless there is a grounded plan and efficient tools to progressively recover knowledge.

The serious thing is that this grounded plan and the tools do not exist. It is a responsibility of the schools and their teachers. Worse yet, I am extremely concerned about the SEP’s optimistic view of extending the recovery period to the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Do you really think it is possible to reverse the ravages of the pandemic in 12 weeks?