The gentleman’s cipher

So you turn in absolutely nothing for the assignment. What grade have you earned? No, guess again:

Diane Tirado has been a teacher for years. Most recently, she was an eighth-grade history teacher at Westgate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Diane recently gave her students two weeks to complete an Explorer notebook project, but several students simply didn’t hand it in. Since there was zero work done, Diane gave them zeros.

She got fired for it.

Apparently school policy requires a minimum grade of 50, whether any work was done or not. Says Mrs T:

“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.”

And Bill Quick notes:

I expect the next step will be to require that no student be given any more than a 50. Can’t have anybody’s self esteem damaged by those who aren’t actually moronic ignoramuses.

No, indeed.


  1. fillyjonk »

    1 March 2019 · 4:06 pm

    Hopefully, I will be retired from college teaching by the time the “I never showed up and did no work but you can’t give me a 0” generation arrives at college.

    FWIW, I had someone earn a 36 on an exam recently. Their response was: “Man, I need to get some tutoring like, yesterday.”

  2. McGehee »

    1 March 2019 · 4:57 pm

    Ellen Ripley, call your office. Someone needs specifics on how “the site” is to be defined.

  3. Mark Matis »

    2 March 2019 · 7:00 am

    I wonder what were the demographics of that class? Anyone wanna bet whether they were the same as the demographics when the head reads:

    “Teens Destroy 7-11”


    “Riot at Chuck E Cheese”


  4. The Other McCain »

    2 March 2019 · 4:03 pm

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