On Friday, the principal at Pueblo Magnet High School told teachers to award students who cheat a 50 on their assignments, rather than a zero.
"We will not be using zeros for any purpose," said the email from Principal Vivi Watt, which described the grading scale as "a 50 point scale, rather than a 100 point scale [sic]."
On learning of the proposal, TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone called the plan to institute "no-zero" grading at Pueblo Magnet High School "well-intentioned" but "naive," and said Watt had been told, "You can't do that."
If he'd been awarding grades, Watt would have gotten an F. Or at least a D.
Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).