News that B.C. teachers will likely not be issuing fully filled-out report cards is troubling.
Not only are letter grades a critical way for parents to confirm how their children are progressing, teacher comments often indicate such intangibles as work habits, citizenship and social interaction.
Report cards are not merely administrative, as the teachers’ union would have us believe. They give parents confirmation of information heard in conversations with both teachers and their children, and must be kept separate from work-to-rule guidelines.