Insanity: Florida teacher fired for refusing to give credit to students who didn’t do their homework

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Teacher Diane Tirado

From Daily Mail: A Florida history teacher says she was fired for refusing to give half-credit to students who didn’t turn in their assignments – and now her farewell message to her class is going viral.

Diane Tirado says West Gate K-8 School in Port St Lucie had a ‘no zero’ policy, requiring teachers to give students no less than a 50-per cent grade on assignments.

Tirado, 52, tells television station WPTV that she was fired on September 14 when she refused to follow the policy after several students didn’t turn in a homework project she had assigned two weeks earlier.

Before leaving, Tirado left a handwritten message on a whiteboard for her students that read:  ‘Bye kids. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes young the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in. [Love] Mrs Tirado.’

The teacher then took a photo of her missive and posted the image on her Facebook page, where it has been shared more than 740 times.

‘I’m so upset because we have a nation of kids that are expecting to get paid and live their life just for showing up and it’s not real,’ Tirado told the TV station.

After her post drew national attention, Tirado again took to social media on Tuesday to share her thoughts on the controversy.

‘The reason I took on this fight was because it was ridiculous,’ she wrote. ‘Teaching should not be this hard. Teachers teach content, children do the assignments to the best of their ability and teachers grade that work based on a grading scale that has been around a very long time.

She continued: ‘teachers also provide numerous attempts to get the work collected so they can give a child a grade. By nature, most teachers are loving souls who want to see students succeed.

‘We do above and beyond actual teaching to give them the support they need. Are we perfect? NO. We make mistakes like all other human beings, but I know teachers work their butts off to help children to be the best people they can be!!!’

No specific cause was given in her termination letter from the principal at West Gate school, since Tirado was still on probation.

The married mother-of-one has worked in education for many years but was hired to teach eighth-grade history at West Gate only on July 30.  The principal deferred comment to the school district.

A spokeswoman for St. Lucie Public Schools says there is no district policy prohibiting teachers from giving a grade of zero.

The West Gate student and parent handbook contains a grading rubric that includes the line, written in red all-caps: NO ZERO’S-LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%.

The rubric, however, allows for an ‘Incomplete’ grade that is the equivalent of 0 per cent, according to the table included in the handbook, which Tirado argues creates confusion.


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10 responses to “Insanity: Florida teacher fired for refusing to give credit to students who didn’t do their homework

  1. Demon-Rats in training. Here’s your trophy for being here. Too bad you can’t read the inscription.

  2. Thanks to Mrs. Tirado for standing on principle and doing the right thing.
    As for myself, I understand now that teaching was the wrong career path for me. I also realize it was a poor career choice for many other teachers, not for their inability to do the whole job, but for their inability to teach their students the precepts and principles of the Natural Law.

    At this point, it looks as if evil is winning, given the dominance of the Left. But before God, good and right always wins. That is what we are here for. We’re not here to preach our own weltanschaunng to the world; We are here to bear witness to the truth.

    God Bless Mrs. Tirado and Godspeed.

  3. CogitoErgoSumantra

    Well that explains my college students’ expectations for good (great?) grades without doing the work required… or even showing up, taking notes, paying attention, participating, etc., even delaying when they “can” take final exams multiple times. And those were against official, printed school policy on attendance and finals. I finally began enforcing the rules and was let go a year later. They’d rather have happy, dumb students and tuition rolling in. The fact many students weren’t graduating, and those that did weren’t getting great job offers (or reviews later if they did) didn’t bother them.

    One teacher was threatened with a lawsuit if she didn’t hand out the “easy A’s” the student said they’d signed up for the course under assumption of. Sorry, that’s a horrible sentence construction. She was an older lady subbing for the regular professor, then out on maternity leave.

    I actually had a policy of assigning, as homework, only the problem sets that had solutions worked out in the backs of the textbooks so that ALL could “complete” them and get the automatic 15% credit towards their final grades. Why? Because I’d had courses in school where, but for such assignments that I could at best copy the answers down, I’d have gotten nothing from them.

    And how many of my own students routinely turned in these assignments? Less than 20%. One particular Winter Quarter class that met at 8am, only 1 girl turned the assignments in regularly out of maybe 16-20 students. Seriously. Another girl, who’d graduated early from high school, said she didn’t have time for homework; she was working full time to pay for the new car she’d bought. Brand new.

    This was 20y ago now. Even then, they had this notion that if they could stonewall me from teaching them anything they hadn’t already learned elsewhere, they’d lower the effective bar for achievement and, in their minds, raise the chances for getting higher grades. This was in college… science courses (later computer-technology) for mostly medical field majors.


    I’m sure Cali Girl and other teachers here would concur… I’d say more but I’m watching the ridiculous analyses on the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings right now.

    • That’s interesting. I’ve seen evidence of that. I remember people actually trying to get the better performers to do poorly on tests so as to lower the Bell curve.

      Now its seems to be entirely about the tuition. They all want to go to a school that “guarantees” they’ll graduate.

    • When I was in college, I considered myself lucky if I only studied 2 hours a night; usually, it was 3-4, sometimes more. Sometimes, I studied Saturday nights too. BTW, I was a STEM major…

      • Yeah, me too. I was lucky in that I always liked school and it came easy for me. Nonetheless some subjects required a LOT of homework. Even later, when I went to work, I had training and continuing education certificates to keep on top of. I never stopped going to school.

        They used to give us “Blue Book Exams”. I wonder if they still do that in this day and age. It’s a lot harder to convince someone that you know the subject matter when you have to write about it as opposed to multiple choice.

  4. Kids can get held back a year, maybe even two, but eventually, the kids will all pass – who wants a 21-year old adult in high school as a senior (if he hasn’t dropped out before then)?

    By the time my daughter was a senior, kids could blow off a couple months’ worth of classes, and still have enough “points” accumulated to graduate – that concept eludes me – perhaps it was something to appease the illegal alien/anchor baby students. A lot of them were banned from prom, but they didn’t really care.

    Who needs senior ditch day when you can take the last month off?

    • The schools have devolved into institutions that only exist to collect their share of the state’s funding. If they can keep the attendance up, and they appear to graduate people, it’s cool. They no longer care if anyone learns anything.

      Even teachers that may care have to teach to the tests. It’s all about showing that the little darlings can pass the tests. That’s a large part of why we see what we do today.

  5. Now it is inappropriate to say that women don’t have penises!

    Not only that, but you are guilty of “triggering” the “trans community” by making statements like that. Biology takes a back seat to ideology. These people are crazy.


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