This was on our news on something called Inside The Box and I wanted to know what everyone thought about it.
“A teacher in Northfield, MN is now changing a method he used to help motivate his students. After a test, he would post the names and grades of students who got As and Bs on a board in front of the class.
It turns out that was against the law — because it violates a student’s privacy.
The teacher was told to stop doing that and he did.
But it creates an interesting question — how much information is too much when it comes to a student’s grade?
Do you think the teacher was wrong to highlight the kids who did well like that?”
Here are a few of the comments from this questions:
- 6:21 PM – cadgma — You could say everything in every situation can be an invasion of privacy. If the teacher did not do it to punish the lower grades then let it be. What about all the High Schools and Colleges that post Honor rolls or Dean’s Lists in newspapers? Like I said if someone wants to find fault they can do that with every circumstance in life. We have turned into a country of whiners and we need to stop.
- 6:17 PM – Nancy — I think the teacher should be allowed to post the scores. Why are we so afraid to take pride in a job well done? Many children strive to get on a list like this. If we did this more often, we might not have so much mediocrity in our educational system. It is not an invasion of privacy.
- 5:45 PM – Faith — Should we also keep sports stats private? If we publish top scorers in games, does that violate anyone’s rights? What about honor rolls? Should we display great student art work? Should we eliminate 1st chair, 2nd chair, etc. in band? If we learn by imitation and are inspired by excellence, what is wrong with displaying excellent results? Is doing well such a threat to mediocre or poor performers that we need to keep excellence a secret? Scary!
- 5:35 PM – guest — I know people who have had this teacher and it’s not a bad thing at all. People in the class get to see those that understand it and can ask others for help. It’s not like the teacher is posting the names of those who got F’s. The teacher is just rewarding those who worked hard.
- 5:31 PM – Ben — The teacher should receive a fine/punishment as student privacy laws are not new at all. In fact the school itself should receive fine/punishments as well. The school should be providing good education as to relevant laws as well as better and approved techniques to motivate students. I work in a college and its VERY clear what to share/not.
- 5:18 PM – Andrea — Some students who do well prefer to keep that achievement to themselves to remain humble and maintain relationships. Students will notice the names of those students not listed, which is also not always an accurate reflection on the work put into the class. Some students work very hard to get a “C” in a subject where another student may come by an “A” with very little invested.
What do you think of it?