I am somewhat on the fence about this “No Zero Policy” and I thought a blog post might be a good way to hear other peoples opinions. Part of me is against the “No Zero Policy” because it does not teach students how to be responsible. Are we not supposed to work towards preparing students for the workforce or for post secondary education? This policy does the opposite. Students will not get chance after chance in the real world, especially in university. I think it is important for there to be consequences if due dates are not met. Is it okay to threaten giving zeros to students who do not do the work? I understand if a student is missing or has a lot going on in their life and you are able to understand why they are not doing to work, but what about the students that continually do not use their class time properly? Are there no consequences? I know some schools have great homework programs that work, then on the other hand there are some schools that do not have great homework programs. I simply think that giving students several chances with no consequences does not prepare them for what’s to come post-high school. I have yet to hear an argument for the “No Zero Policy” and when I do my research I find more arguments against the policy than in favor of it. If someone out there has a great argument in favor of this policy awesome! I want to hear it!
Then there is the other part of me that kind of gets it. I can understand the idea behind the “No Zero Policy,” no student gets left behind. I know it is good to ensure that every student passes and every student succeeds. It is important to connect with your students and understand why a student is not doing the work. I understand that this policy is meant to focus on the students academic achievement.
I do not agree with simply giving a student a zero when they don’t hand something in. I think we must talk to the student and understand why they didn’t complete the work and then go from there.
With this policy we are basically eliminating due dates, which may be positive in High School, but it not how things are done in University.
Then eliminated the stress of receiving a zero on an assignment gives the students more of an opportunity to show their academic ability.
I am definitely open to other opinions, so please share, I would enjoy hearing what you have to say.