This newsletter is a compilation of various news articles written by students of
Saint John High School. Any student is free to submit an article for inclusion in
If you're interested in writing
for this newsletter, please send an email to
Teachers’ explanations of the elevated pass mark of sixty percent simply do not add up. When asked, most teachers responded with the same phrase: “Would you want a surgeon operating on you if they only knew fifty percent of the material they were required to know?” Of course not; no one would. But that does not and cannot compare to high school.
Ideally, we want the ‘professionals’ we trust with serious matters to know one hundred percent of what they should know in order to do their job properly, such as surgery. Then, why aren’t high school students required to know one hundred percent of what is taught to them? In my opinion, raising the pass mark from fifty percent to sixty percent has not raised any standards. If we expect our doctors and surgeons to know one hundred percent of the material they should know, then why aren’t high school students expected to know one hundred percent of what they are taught? Could it be because the government cannot afford to have students repeatedly achieve less than perfect marks and continuously repeat grades? I think so.
High-achieving students that have set goals for themselves will work towards those goals and not be affected by the pass mark. For those students that do not know what they want to pursue, raising the academic standard does not make their decision any easier.
If we do not expect the same from students as we do our trained professionals, then the two should not be compared.