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Teacher Fired For Refusing To Give Partial Credit to Students Who Failed to Turn In Assignments

A history teacher in Florida is out of a job tonight, but the teacher felt like she had to stand on her principles. When some students failed to hand in their projects, she gave them a 'zero' grade. When parents complained, the school tried to force the teacher to give the kids 50 percent credit, but she refused.

Diana Tirado was teaching in West Gate, a school in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and was still on her probationary period. The eighth-grade history teacher gave some students a zero grade, and ended up fired. She was willing to take the stand, however, because she felt that she did the right thing.

Tirado's students were assigned a project on an Explorer Notebook, which they failed to hand in to the teacher. Because of this, the teacher gave them a zero.

Tirado claims she was fired because of this. She says the school approached her and asked her to give the students 50% grade, which is still failing but at least gives them partial credit. The school’s website and parent handbook says it has a 'no zero’ policy.

“But what if they don’t turn it in, and they say we’ll give them a 50. Oh no we don’t,” Tirado said in an interview with WCMH.

Tirado says teaching is her calling, but she just can't bring herself to follow that policy because it is not sending the right message to the children. “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,” she explains.

After she was fired, Tirado wrote on her white board, “Bye kids. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in."

She snapped a photo of the message and posted it on her Facebook page. She's thrilled at the attention it has been drawing, as well as positive comments from educators and parents who back up her position.

"That is beyond ridiculous!! Good for you for standing up for what you believe in," wrote one person.

"Girl... keep us posted.. get the news on them, and continue with the teachers union and lawyer. Cheering you on love," wrote another.

"A teacher should have the right to decide the grade a child receives. If they simply do not turn in the work, an F they should receive... If you start handing out 50% to everyone that does not turn in their work, what example does that teach? The child needs to be held accountable for the work they do not turn in," said another encouraging comment.

In another Facebook post, the teacher explained, “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.”

Tirado posted a follow-up that she was happy her situation was sparking a national discussion and getting media attention. "News stations everywhere are discussing school policy and questioning what we are doing to our youth. Already, i have reached my goal by creating conversation about a very serious topic. I hope this conversation will create policy change," she said.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: You Tube Screenshots

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