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High School Opts to Drop Fs From Transcripts, Some Say That's a Serious Fail

Should kids be given the chance to master course work instead of failing outright? Credit: Corbis
You may not like to see your children fail, but would you go so far to protect them as to eliminate the word "fail" from their vocabularies? Esse...
A new policy says it's OK to flunk that test, as long as you pass it at some point.

Students Involved in Grade-Changing Scandal Could Face Criminal Charges

Talk about your grade grubbing. Credit: Getty Images
That D-minus you got in Chemistry? Mom is going to be, like, soooo mad. You're totally going to be grounded for a month. No Xbox. No iPod. No (gasp!) cell phone. Dude. What're you gonna do?...

Boy Fakes Kidnapping To Hide Report Card

An Alabama boy pretended to have been kidnapped to avoid bringing home a bad report card. Credit: Damon Dahlen, AOL
An Alabama boy received a bad report card and didn't want to show his family. So he did what so many kids have done. Accordi...

High School Secretary Changes Daughter's Grades Electronically

A mom takes her daughter's grades into her own hands. Photo: Marja Flick-Buijs/sxc.hu
How do you know when you've become a little too entangled in your teen's life? Changing her grades to improve her class standing on a school computer is prob...

Bad Grades Lead to Public Shame

15-year-old Trenton O'Neal's parents were unhappy with his report card, so they forced him to wear a sandwich board for hours at a busy intersection in his hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia. The sign listed his grades and said "My Future = Shaky!" ...

Will sexy TV lead to teen pregnancy?

Will watching television get you pregnant? According to an article from the Daily News, it may be the case. What sounds as implausible as the rumor that circulated when I was a kid that you could get pregnant from a toilet seat (remember THAT one?...

Chicago kids to be paid for grades

Would you have studied harder if you knew there was cold hard cash on the line? That's the hope of adminstrators in Chicago where they are implementing a plan designed at Harvard wherein kids will get fifty dollars for an A, thirty-five for a B, and ...

Going to church means heavenly grades?

I'm not sure there could be a worse headline, as far as I'm concerned: "Church Attendance Boosts Student GPA's." Luckily, it's not quite that simple. Researchers did find that going to church affects a teenager's grades, chances of dropping out, and ...

Online programs let parents view kids' grades

In a recent NY Times article we were introduced to online programs that allow parents to track their children's grades. Many parents are choosing products like ParentConnect, Edline and PowerSchool to assist them in conversing with their childre...

Bribing your kids

Do you bribe your kids? Do you think you should? Do you think every time you do it that someone up there is keeping track of your parenting decisions but that you had no choice? If you do, I am sure you are not alone. My son is not old enough to ...

Allergies affect schoolwork

Though nasal allergies may not seem like a major health issue, they can have a big impact on your child's quality of life. In fact, a recent survey of 1,000 families found that allergies affected everything from children's sleep to school attendance ...

Say goodbye to happy (meal) report cards

Remember the Florida school district that paid for the printing of their report cards by selling ad space on the envelopes to McDonald's? Apparently more parents came forward as being opposed to the deal and, with the help of The Campaign for a Comme...

Happy meals for happy report cards

Not every youngster understands that good grades are their own reward -- I certainly didn't when I was in school. So in order to give kids and incentive they can really sink their teeth into, a lot of parents offer a treat as reward for a good report...

UNC sends acceptance letter to wrong students

Ahh, college admissions time. For many high school seniors, now's the time to worry about whether or not your favorite school decided to accept you. For about 2,700 students, now is the time to say "what?" The University of North Carolina made a big ...

No more sliding by with a D?

According to the San Mateo Daily Journal, the San Mateo Union High School District, located just South of San Francisco, California, is considering the elimination of the barely-passing grade of D. School board member Peter Hanley said that students...

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