Editorial: No fail gets an F

If you are wondering if New Brunswick’s schools really have a no-fail policy, all you have to do is walk down Prospect Street in Fredericton, stick your head into any retail establishment and watch the kids at the cash registers try to make change.

We’re exaggerating, of course, but we believe it’s time to review the balance in our schools between children’s social well-being and their academic skills.

We say if the pendulum has swung too far towards social well-being and advancing with peer groups at the expense of learning how to read, write, add and subtract, then we have a serious problem.

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News article: ‘No-fail’ debate generates more heat


FREDERICTON – A call by New Democrat Leader Dominic Cardy to get rid of a “no-failure” policy that allows New Brunswick students to graduate regardless of whether they pass their courses spiralled on Wednesday into a highly-charged public debate with a Tory minister.

Both Cardy and Post-Secondary Education Minister Jody Carr sparred on social media throughout the day over their respective party stances.

Carr then declined requests to speak to the media, while Cardy reaffirmed that the current system is detrimental to educating students.

“It shows that we really hit a nerve with this,” Cardy said. “I’ve had dozens and dozens of emails and tweets and phone calls from principals and teachers, people in the system, and some students as well saying they are really happy that a political party is finally talking about this because it’s really been damaging the quality of education in New Brunswick.”

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Editorial: Ending social promotion

The political parties are all starting to showcase some specific policy ideas in advance of the next provincial election, and the NDP has once more put forward an idea that is worthy of serious consideration. Fresh after announcing that it would form a smaller and streamlined cabinet if they formed government, the NDP shared with the Telegraph-Journal some of its more compelling education policies – including a pledge to end the practice of “social promotion” if it were in charge of the province’s schools.

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