The first semster of school is over, we are half way through. With the end of the semster came mid-terms. Kudo's to WAWM for giving these, I didn't have mid-terms or finals in high school. I do have questions about one type of class that give skills tests, written tests and written mid-terms/finals. I am hoping that some insight can be given to why those items are required.
Physical Education is not what it was 20 years ago, that is for sure. Now-a-days you have to be tested on your athletic skills and knowledge of the sport being focused on. What bothers me is what about the students who are not athletic? Some people can dance or swim or do tennis and others can't. So if a student is not a gifted athlete they do poorly on the skills tests and get low grades which in turn can bring down their GPA's. What ever happened to partcipate or not, pass or fail.
Are those requirements given to the district by the state or is that a district policy? Written test are ok, not unlike any other class, but the skill tests are wrong. Students should not be given A' s or D's for their lack of atheltic abilities.
In middle schools students are tested on their musical abilities as well as their athletic skills. This too is wrong. Some people are not musically inclined. So because of that those students will also not do well.
Maybe some school board members can chime in on this one. Help us understand why students are graded with A's - F's. What is the benefit of that grading system for gym and middle school music. These are class that are required, gym by state, music in middle school by the district, but what about the grading of these classes.