Originally seen over on LJ:
Call to turn exam failure into a qualified success
By Alexandra Blair, Education Correspondent
A RETIRED primary school teacher has called for the word "failure" to be banned from the classroom and replaced with "deferred success".
Liz Beattie, who taught for 37 years, said that children's aspirations to learn are crushed as soon as they are deemed failures and that they should be praised instead.
The motion to remove the word "fail" from the educational vocabulary will be put formally to members of the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) at the union’s annual conference in Buxton, Derbyshire, at the end of the month. [The Times]
Bah. I think this school teacher is an idiot. While I don't think you should necessarily yell "MY GOD YOU SUCK" to a student in the middle of class, getting rid of the concept of failure is a horrible idea. And just how are you supposed to praise the kid who got a zero on a test? Good job Billy! You got the lowest grade in the class, a new record! Keep up the good work!
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