Homework will no longer be graded in Lafayette Parish Schools. The school board approved the rule as part of its Pupil Progression Plan Wednesday night.
That new rule affects students in 2nd through 12th grades. However, some are concerned about the school district’s homework policy.
“I think in order for students to prepare for tests you need homework,” Terrence Ruffins said. “You need to be reprimanded for the answers correct and incorrect.”
Sarah Schexnayder added, “I think it’s kind of ridiculous. I want to know if my child is doing good in school. Especially with homework.”
Before the change, teachers could count homework as 10 percent of a student’s grade, reports KATC.
“100 percent of the committee agree that homework should not count as a grade,” Kathy Aloisio the district’s director of elementary schools said. “The grade should represent the mastery of the standard and we shouldn’t be checking practice.”
Aloisio believes students grades shouldn’t be impacted by homework.
“Students who do their homework, but they get something wrong, would not get a good grade because they got their homework wrong. We don’t want to penalize kids for the practice along the way. So we think it’s in the best interest of the kids,” she said.
Under the new rule, students will be encouraged to complete homework and teachers can still notify parents that homework assignments aren’t being completed.
When asked about concerns of students not being motivated to complete homework Aloisio said, “When they take a summative test and they haven’t mastered the standards. They might re-think the process may be ‘I need to work and do a little homework so that I’m better prepared in the end.’ Maybe it will give them the motivation to do the practice.”
During the board meeting, some expressed concern if homework would classify as essays or special projects that are usually graded.
The committee will clarify the definition of homework within the next few weeks. Still, some are worried the new rule will do more harm to students than good.
“I was the one that didn’t ask a question and I would get it wrong on homework,” Schexnayder said. “It teaches me even though I am doing it wrong it’s always ways I can make it better.”
The pupil progression plan approved last night makes other changes to the grading protocol.
Among them, spelling and handwriting assignments will no longer be graded because they do not align with state standards.
Academic dishonesty will no longer result in an automatic failure. Cheating will now be handled as a behavior referral and a student caught cheating will be allowed to re-test.
The CDC recently released a report showing that current agenda-based indoctrination in public schools is causing a host of issues with America’s youth.
Democrats have done an outstanding job of pushing their evil agenda in schools, and it’s beginning to show results.
A revealing study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides the gruesome stats.
The sickening news should be major media headlines. Democrat-Communists are thrilled, no doubt, along with radical homosexual groups like GLSEN as well as the Marxist teachers’ unions, the NEA and others.
But for those grounded in reality, the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) paints a grim picture with dire consequences for the long-term well-being of our nation’s youth.
In 2017, almost 15% (14.6%) of teens labeled themselves “gay, lesbian, bisexual or unsure.” In 2015, that figure was 11.2%.
And reckless, risky conduct remains higher among this self-labeled non-heterosexual group. The CDC biennial study included surveys of 9th through 12th graders in 39 states and 21 large urban school districts.
The survey asked students to check a box about what best describes them –”heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or unsure.”
The “transgender” label is not part of this survey. Teens were then asked about various risky behaviors.
Here are some of the findings.
The “bisexual” label is rising fast, especially among girls. In 2015, 9.8% of girls called themselves bisexual. In 2017, that number rose to 13.1%. And sexual experimentation is sharply higher among the “GLB” or “unsure” teens than among their heterosexual peers.
As the YRBS survey found in 2015, the “gay, lesbian, bisexual or unsure”(GLBU) students are much more likely to be sexually active, to have had sex before age 13, to have had sex with four or more partners, and to have experienced sexual or physical (non-sexual) violence.
Homosexual, bisexual or unsure teens were more likely to have drunk alcohol, even before age 13; to be current cigarette smokers; to drive a car after drinking alcohol; to not wear a seat belt when riding in a car driven by someone else; or to ride with a driver who had been drinking alcohol.
They were more likely to use hard core drugs, to carry a weapon on school property, to be threatened with a weapon or to have been in a fight on school property.
They also reported more victimization, including a higher incidence of being bullied electronically or on school property, and not going to school because of safety concerns. They are also more likely to have considered or even attempted suicide.
The “GLB” or “unsure” teens are more likely to spend three hours or more a day on video or computer games or watching television. They are also more likely to be overweight.
Some questions yielded unique and troubling results.
For instance, on a question about whether the student had ever driven a vehicle after smoking marijuana (Table 13), 12.2% of the heterosexually-identifying kids said “yes.”
But among those identifying as “gay, lesbian, bisexual or unsure,” 42.2% answered in the affirmative.
The trend veers sharply toward self-destructive choices.
Certainly, victimization reflected by bullying is an action brought on by their ridiculous choices, making them an obvious target. The rest of the surveyed behaviors are totally within the power of these confused homosexual and “questioning” kids to refuse.
The ready explanation of Cultural Marxist indoctrinators is to blame harmful “LGBTQ” behavior on low self-esteem and “stigma,” but this doesn’t add up in any logical sense.
Why sexual experimentation? Why drinking and drugs? Immaturity, confusion, prior victimization through molestation and lack of sound adult guidance are probably more likely factors than “discrimination.”
When answering a question about drinking alcohol before age 13 (Table 96), 14.9% of the students who call themselves heterosexual said they had done so. But 41.6% of “GLB or unsure” students answered yes.
And heterosexual students were much less likely (39.1%) to have had sexual intercourse (Table 133). Homosexual, bisexual and questioning students answered yes much more often – 76.8%.
Schools and parents should recall these results when considering pro-homosexual lessons or “comprehensive sex education” (CSE) curricula that normalize anal, oral and vaginal sex for adolescents.
The evidence shows many teens are experimenting with these behaviors. Unfortunately, the dire outcomes – teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease – are not the topics of questions in the YRBS, but they most certainly should be.
A non-heterosexual identity – or considering one – is highly associated with having sex as a teen or younger.
While only 3% of heterosexual teens experienced sexual intercourse before age 13 (Table 135), 10.2% of the “GLBU” teens had done so.
This tragic statistic probably reflects sexual abuse, and the utter immorality of the leftist belief system. Being indoctrinated by leftist propaganda will most certainly be a factor in the child’s later sexual confusion.
No study has found that homosexuality is inborn, no evidence even hints at it.
A major study in 2016 reviewed current research and found no genetic linkage, despite countless, desperate attempts by Cultural Marxists to discover one.
Why are schools promoting “LGBTQ” behaviors if they are so obviously dangerous and self-destructive?
Among large urban school districts (Table 4), higher numbers of students reporting homosexual or questioning identities were found in New York City (25.3%); Baltimore (22.4%); Duval County, FL (Jacksonville – 21.5%); Chicago (18.4%); District of Columbia (18.4%); Cleveland (17.9%); Houston (17.6%); Detroit (17.5%); DeKalb County, GA (Atlanta area – 17.3%); and Shelby County, TN (Memphis – 17.2%).
Are you seeing the pattern here?
Large, urban school districts steeped in Cultural Marxism, those friendly to the “LGBTQ” and Planned Parenthood school agendas – are getting predictably disgusting results.
Does homosexual attraction cause these other hazardous behaviors? Likely not all of them, but encouragement by adults would certainly increase the odds.
This is a clear picture of teens who are unstable and reckless, and encouragement by adults certainly helps cause this recklessness, and is easily the root of confused sexual feelings as well.
Should we be trying to prevent all these high-risk behaviors, including homosexuality? Absolutely. It is changeable and preventable. But will our Marxist ruled schools listen?
They might listen if Americans with common sense begin swarming school board meetings and demand this harmful agenda be removed from our school systems.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
July 24th, 2018