Should a teacher be fired for giving a zero on an assignment that was never attempted?

Kailee Ball, Staff Writer

 A Port St. Lucie, Florida teacher was fired for refusing a strict no zero policy on schoolwork.

  Diane Tirado, who taught at West Gate K-8 would not give her students credit when they failed to turn in their homework that they had been given two weeks to complete.

  However, the school policy stated that teachers had to give students at least a 50% or higher on every assignment whether it was turned in or not.

  Tirado has taught for 17 years and was new to the West Gate School District. She was not informed of the no zero policy until she was called down to the principal’s office.

  After learning of the policy, Tirado still believed that her students should not earn a minimum of 50% when they did not do their work.

  She was fired because she still refused to give credit to the students who had not turned in their work after she was aware of the policy. Tirado wrote her students a note on her last day and it explained why she was fired.

  There has always been controversy about students turning in uncompleted work or  not even doing the work at all. The no-zero policy has been a recent topic in the news and in Lakeview classes such as Mass Media.

 Lakeview senior Sam Sudney explained why no zero policies would not benefit students’ education.

  Sudney said, “I think kids would get the mindset that they don’t have to put forth effort towards their work and that they will be rewarded even if they don’t give effort.”

 Other students also thought student should not be rewarded if you don’t attempt or try your work.

  “If you don’t do your work or at least attempt it, you shouldn’t be rewarded with a grade for something you didn’t do,” Stated Natalie Ferszt ,`21.

  Math teacher, Tracy Kalinowski said, “I get what the goal of it is, and if you give a lot of zeros kids are never going to have a chance to comeback from all of those zeros. At the same time you don’t get paid 50% of your salary for doing nothing. So if you’ve done nothing you have earned a zero.”

  Some students and staff  think that a no zero policy would give kids the wrong message about the responsibility in doing schoolwork.