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Re-Tests for Students Is a Failing Policy

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Villanova shouldn’t have been crowned National Champions last year. Not because they weren’t the best, but because North Carolina wasn’t given the opportunity for a do-over after Kris Jenkins’ winning shot. And that wasn’t fair.

Don’t laugh. That’s becoming the new American reality.

No, we don’t have re-dos in sports. Yet. But they can’t be far off, given that the exact same mentality — getting an automatic do-over whenever a result isn’t to our liking — has been creeping into our schools.

Proponents of "request to re-test," where students continually take tests on the same material until they’re satisfied, are warping an entire generation. Instead of teaching our children that life is a series of pass/fail tests, and actions have consequences, we are instead sending them out the door with massively unrealistic expectations and, by extension, dooming them to failure.

Here’s a look at re-testing’s negative impacts on teachers, parents, and, most of all, students:

— Small but vocal groups of entitled parents are front and center in pushing re-testing, along with school administrators either hell-bent on social engineering, or appeasers trying to placate the loudmouths.

Why? Several reasons, but all rooted in entitlement: "Since I’m paying high school taxes, my kid should damn well be entitled to good grades." Or, "I pay teachers’ salaries, so that entitles me to not lift a finger. Educating my kid is the teacher’s job, and if Johnnie comes home with a bad grade, it’s the teacher’s fault."

Re-testing sends the unmistakable message that repercussions for not prioritizing school have gone out the window.

— Human nature dictates that students will make a mockery of the system. There have already been cases where students request re-tests before the first test has even been given! Talk about a slap in the face to teachers who have invested so much time in planning lessons, instructing the class, and creating tests to measure students’ mastery of material over a given period.

And why the need? Sickness? Extenuating circumstances at home? Nope. It’ll be for much more "important" reasons: the ballgame was on; binge-watching Netflix; appointment with a personal sports trainer; got stoned; and, surely, I didn’t feel like studying. Fact is, students don’t need a reason, because re-testing will soon become second-nature.

— Instead of spending extra, personal time with students, teachers would be forced to cut back. Re-test after re-test would have to be created, since offering the same test would be an insult to a teacher’s dignity — yet some have been upset that teachers had the "nerve" to change the order of the questions! It’s bad enough that students think they deserve a re-do, but to be so arrogant as to expect the same test shows just how out of touch they are.

— Re-testing penalizes good students. How is it fair to those who do their homework and study for a test, only to see some classmates bomb with a smile? Knowing that others can get unlimited cracks is demoralizing to diligent students, and will ultimately lead them to conclude, "If others aren’t studying but eventually get the same grade, why should I put in all that effort?"

And how is it fair when some schools re-test and other don’t? By definition, students at schools not offering re-tests are at a distinct disadvantage. Obviously, those with better grades, courtesy of an "I-can’t-fail" policy, will have a huge leg up. Will they crash and burn upon the realization that their fake education hasn’t prepared them, and that other entities don’t give second chances? Absolutely. But that’s no solace to those who got shafted.

Grade-grubbers can also re-test until they hit the 100 mark. If applied across all subjects, that means that a perfect GPA can be achieved. Hyperinflated, artificial (and ultimately meaningless) grades, to be sure, but from the perspective of high schools and colleges, a perfect GPA nonetheless.

We are a society where "everyone gets a trophy." Individual achievements are whitewashed so as not to hurt feelings. Everything must be homogenized, a "spread the wealth" mentality whereby accolades are doled out not by merit, but by who hasn’t won yet.

The effect is a dysfunctional generation, expecting everything, yet prepared for nothing. When faced by The Real World, they respond dismally without the benefit of their crutch, adrift because of an inability to cope with life’s challenges after discovering that the "trophy days" are over.

Life is a series of tests, passing or failing in your job, sports, marriage, as a parent, and yes, in school. But those lessons are being sidelined in favor of artificial "victories."

Re-testing earns an "A" only in breeding massive resentment and incapacitating our children. It’s time we give re-testing the failing grade it deserves. And on that, we need no re-test.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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Proponents of "request to re-test," where students continually take tests on the same material until they’re satisfied, are warping an entire generation.
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