Heartbreaking Simpsons Moments 1/∞: Bart Gets an F
I never understood why it’s an F if he gets more than half out of 100? Unless it’s more than 100. If you get more than half the answers right how is it an F?
You must not be from America. Here, grading is fucked up.
Average American Grading Scale:
A - 94-96
A- - 90-93
F- 59 and under
And in some places in America it goes by a 7 point scale, so it’d be
A - 100-93
B - 92-85
C - 84-78
D - 77-70
F - 69 and below
Now you understand why American kid’s feel like there’s no point to school. If you have a 100 question text, and get 79 of them correct, that’s a C. That mean’s your Average Intelligence on this particular subject. And it get’s even worse when you have only like… a 10 question quiz. If you get two wrong? that’s a B. 80 fucking %. Now tell me again why American school’s are easier?
No wait but whats the grading system in other countries?
UK Grading Scale
Below 40: F
next time you try to tell americans that we’re stupid
i’m gonna remind you
that our “average” is your “A”
#is that true?
Yep I was shocked when I heard this in a different post but a Google search pulls up a ton of sites backing this up.
Shit son I woulda passed College Algebra with an A in the UK. And I spent the end of the semester in perpetual fear that I would fail and have to retake the class.
And basically as an American you’re expected to get 80 or higher. Technically 70s are considered ‘average’ but there is such a level of pressure to get a B or higher, that Cs have become equal to Ds. Basically anything under 60 you might as well gotten a 0, and anything between 60-80 is considered practically failing. So basically schools have to be designed to make sure majority of students are getting 80s or higher on specific topics, which means you’re spending all your time going over a few choice facts a billion times and there is very little room to teach anything else. Which explains why American schools are of such low quality. The insane demand on the students ends up wrecking their education. Not only do you not have time to teach them anything, but they end up hating learning. Even outside of school your life is dedicated to memorizing these few dumb facts because your homework ends up taking hours of your time. A teacher from one subject says they expect you to spend 2 hours every night on their homework. And if you’re studying 5 subjects and they all demand that 2 hours? Good fucking luck, because if you don’t have straight all 80s or higher you’re not getting into a good college and college degrees have somehow become the minimum requirement for getting jobs.
I spent most of my junior year of high school in a state of constant panic that I was going to get a C in Honors Physics much less fail the class. If I got a C on my report card, I was grounded until the next one. I lost count of the times I’d wake up at five in the morning to take the early bus to go in for zero hour before school actually started for the day
File this under the exact reason so many Americans detest going to school.
I was the last class to graduate from my high school without being forced to pass SOL tests. The following year, the failure rate was so -bad- they were in danger of losing their accreditation. The drop out rates are even worse.
This isn’t even taking into consideration the prevalent lack of help and support students receive from the teachers/faculty. It may be because teachers are over-worked, and have no time to spend with struggling students individually. In high school, you may have only 20-30 other students in your class, but that teacher probably sees between 80-210 students in a day (depending if they have four classes or seven classes to teach that day).
These numbers are a broad estimate - they may be better or worse in other schools.
Then you have the faculty who’s job is supposed to be there as support to the teachers and students, who for one reason or another, fail spectacularly at their job.
We all have stories of amazing teachers who rekindled our love of learning and inspired us - I was lucky enough to have more than one.
But every last one of us has more than one story of more than one teacher or faculty that has spectacuarly failed us. Whether it be the teacher who just didn’t care, to the teacher who had it out for you, or the teacher who picked favorites based on popularity/appearance of other students. Teachers/faculty who discouraged us from learning, or going to higher education. Who wanted to see us fail.
Teachers who were unprepared for their subject - who taught incorrect information because they were ignorant of the subject matter.
States, where the only qualification to be a substitute teacher was that you had a high school diploma - in a state where your GED was more respected, because that meant you could actually read at more than an elementary level.