A bunch of high school students are surprised and angered to discover that you can’t graduate from school unless you pass all of your courses.

It’s obvious that they feel merely being enrolled in a course means receiving credit for it.

“Honestly, they could still put us in the classes now,” Tripp said. “Them refusing to do that just lets us know how much they really don’t care.”

It isn’t like they could earn credit in a week.

I know that teachers and the education system catch a lot of flack, and deservedly so. However, there still are teachers out there that care, and this is an example of what happens when a teacher who cares holds students to a standard.

This attitude of high school graduation being a right is one of the reasons why our nation is so ill informed.

Categories: Education


Matthew · June 6, 2023 at 9:52 am

“…the school system delivered the news…”

As though this comes as any sort of galloping shock to the 50 ne’er-do-wells. I’m guessing that last June, when these idiots were lazy, stupid juniors, they watched 50 or so of their upper classmates go through the same shit. Just how dumb are these kids? Surely, they suspected something when filling out all their college applications and got to the part asking about their GPA, right? I mean, because they care so much about their educations…

What next? Will there be 50 other articles about how their employers “really don’t care” when they receive no paycheck after doing no work?

Where’s the justice!!!??

    Hightecrebel · June 6, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Other articles make it sound like some of them were previous courses they weren’t told didn’t count toward graduation (missed attendance markers or inflated grades getting corrected, maybe?). Might be an administration problem considering the principal was suspended and a lot of them seem to be athletes.

      Matthew · June 6, 2023 at 7:15 pm

      Nah, I’m pretty sure I’m on target.

      EN2 SS · June 6, 2023 at 8:27 pm

      From bitter personal experience, most athletes don’t have to know shit, except how to be athletes. Check into how many college/professional athletes know how to read.

Jonathan · June 6, 2023 at 10:09 am

I’ve seen several articles on this theme this year… It appears to me to be an effort to spread automatic graduation and automatic advancement out of the big cities it’s been in for years.

    Hightecrebel · June 6, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    Eh, it’s not so much they’re bitching about not graduating, it’s more that they’re upset they can’t walk with classmates when they’re doing classes over the summer.

    A 72-hour class could be started now and finished at the end of next week if they made it an 8-hour course, which I’ve seen for what amounts to challenge/remedial courses before. Or could have been started on weekends which I’ve also seen. From what I could find on this in a couple other articles it looks like at least some of them failed a previous semester course (or possibly missed the attendance mark due to non-school athletics trips? They weren’t exactly clear, and if attendance failures weren’t communicated until the temporary admin took over I could see that being a problem as well) that’s mandatory and are already signed up for the summer course because it wasn’t offered the last semester.

    Honestly, it sounds like a large chunk of it is administration-related, considering the principal and counselor were both suspended recently, I’m wondering if there were a lot of inflated grades for athletes and such before. Sucks for the kids, both in not being able to walk and in the fact they were failed by family, friends, themselves and possibly a system that just passed them along to the next grade without developing the drive to succeed in athletics and academics.

Ray · June 6, 2023 at 10:21 am

My wife is an Assistant Principal at a local High School and she starts informing kids when they return from Christmas break that they are on a trajectory to not graduate. They are counseled many times throughout the second half of the year about their standing. The school wants to see everyone graduate, failing kids benefits nobody. There is no way in hell these kids didn’t know they wouldn’t be able to walk. They just didn’t care. They figured if they bitched enough at the end of the year the staff would cave in. I guess they’ve experienced the teenager version of FAFO. Good on the school for holding them accountable.

    Chris · June 6, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    Do I really need to say it…
    These shot stains dont care if they graduate…they just make noise.

WDS · June 6, 2023 at 11:24 am

Hell, I remember when you couldn’t play HS sports without a certain grade average.

wojtek · June 6, 2023 at 3:24 pm

You do know though that at many (usually public) colleges seniors walk without knowing if they graduated or not? They get a “diploma”, which in reality is a piece of paper that says that IF they completed all requirements, they will receive the diploma in the mail in X weeks. Not the same situation of course, but I know of cases where a student walks and never formally graduates from college. Some don’t care – as for them, graduating from school is about a photo op, not skills they get. Same story about kids from the HS you wrote about.

PS. I am confused about one thing: you say “there still are teachers out there that care”, but from the article it seems it was actually some district administrator. Or am I reading this incorrectly?

    Divemedic · June 6, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    In the US, teachers are under a great deal of pressure to give passing marks to students whether they have met course objectives or not.

      wojtek · June 6, 2023 at 4:34 pm

      Sure, like everywhere else I know about. But the point is that in this case it was the principal and counselor (whom I include among “teachers” – since they are part of the school staff), who gave in to this pressure. And it was actually someone in the school district who discovered it and blew the whistle on the shenanigans the pair was doing. Here is an extra piece of info: “The source, who remains anonymous, explained Simmons and Ricks were suspended and are being investigated after allegations of potentially altering students’ grades. However, the allegations have not been confirmed.”

        Divemedic · June 6, 2023 at 5:20 pm

        It looks to me like the Principal and Guidance counselor were changing students’ grades in order to give passing marks to students who hadn’t earned them. They were caught and suspended, pending investigation. The students in question had their grades restored to the failing marks they actually earned, and are now ineligible to graduate.

          wojtek · June 6, 2023 at 9:48 pm

          Yep, that sounds about right. It’s worth adding that the principal was in his last year – retiring in July – so obviously he really didn’t care and was going to spoil hard work of his teachers for some “racial solidarity” bonus points. We should watch future elections in New Bern looking for his name to come up.

Skeptic · June 6, 2023 at 6:03 pm

Black affleets. Shocking.

Bear Claw · June 7, 2023 at 11:48 am

Bwahahaha oh look squirrels

Fido · June 8, 2023 at 12:04 am

I just heard Biden say he wants to make college cheap….

I’m thinking he missed his window: Now that we have merged from “the myth of meritocracy”, college isn’t just cheap, it’s worthless.

In future, when looking for a job, if you have a degree, you might want to hide that fact.

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