There is a painful chronicle to write here, but I think it is necessary.
the protocol recently reported on the situation of a 4-year-old studente secondary.
She worked hard all year to get a 72% in math.
That 72% is his school’s grade, which sets its own tests.
He still had to pass the ministerial exam, which is the same for all young people in Quebec.
Anxious, she fails this test and gets 46%.
His school grade of 72% was also revised down to 43% by the ministry.
Bottom line: it sinks.
His mother contacts the media.
Parents whose children are going through the same thing see the breach and add their voice.
Why was his school grade changed from 72% to 43% by the ministry?
Because there are easy schools and difficult schools, lax teachers and strict teachers.
90% in an easy school does not have the same value as 90% in a difficult school.
For example, this young person with 90% in an easy school would have had 72% or 62% or 58% in a difficult school.
There are also schools where teachers repeat the tests two or three times until the child “passes”.
77% scored after three tries is not the same value as 77% scored on the first try.
In short, if 2 + 2 equals 4 at Sherbrooke 4 as it does at Rouyn, the tests vary from school to school.
We therefore need an objective mechanism, applied to everyone across Quebec, to correct these biases.
In short, a rating weighting system is absolutely necessary.
Is ours perfect? Nothing human is perfect.
Is it objective? Yes, and it’s been around for decades, to be fair.
Should we consider unjustly punished someone who bears the brunt of a system imposed on everyone without exception?
Basically, the plaintiffs are saying: It’s not my child that’s failing, but the system’s failing, as if repeating a class or a summer course were the end of the world.
The ministerial exam is the same for everyone in order to verify the knowledge actually acquired and to ensure a minimum threshold common to all.
The goal of all this is that A-levels are roughly equivalent regardless of school attended.
The other dimension of the case is the fear on the day of the ministerial examination.
But what’s next at CEGEP given the famous R rating and at the university where careers are at stake?
Adult life will be filled with fear.
The minister promised to remedy the situation immediately. Does it surprise you?
How far can one go to hide the fact that not all children are equally gifted?
Should we reward effort or reward?
Should we always lower the bar in the name of compassion?