School tries to sell grades for cash -- administrators halt program

From the "You ain't gonna believe this" file comes this gem: Rosewood Middle School in Goldsboro, N.C. unveiled a plan to raise much-needed funds by selling middle schoolers better grades.

A $20 "donation" would get you (or your poor kid, who really has grounds for a lawsuit if you would pony up cash for something like this) 20 test points that could be used to boost grades on the test of that student's choosing.

Principal Susie Shepherd's explanation? "Last year they did chocolates, and it didn't generate anything," she told the News Observer.

Mercifully, less deranged heads prevailed. The New York Times reports that Wayne County school administrators halted the fundraiser.

The principal said that she had approved the plan and explained that the bonus points wouldn't have made a difference on students' final grades.

Wait a second: If the bonus points wouldn't have made a difference in students' final grades, why would anyone buy them? Were students being ripped off? In any case, the principal said no points will be awarded and the donated money will be returned.

Here's the sad part: a middle school that needs money has a golden opportunity to get its students involved in the process. What better way to help students learn about business, entrepreneurship, marketing, work ethic, and teamwork than to bring the entire student body together to brainstorm ways to raise money to buy the technological equipment that the school needs so badly? Imagine the brilliant ideas that a few hundred middle school students could have come up with -- stuff far, far more creative than selling indulgences.

Instead, Rosewood Middle School missed the opportunity and opted instead for something shady and immoral -- and made itself a symbol of everything that is wrong with middle school education in America.
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