8th grade social studies teacher Diane Tirado claims she was fired for refusing to grade her students after they failed to hand in their homework.
Her dismissal occurred when she gave her students their first assignment of the semester. Diana asked them to keep an “explorers notebook” for two weeks just as a 15th century explorer would have.
The assignment required the kids to take notes of historical events and draw maps.
Tirado says that some parents complained about the hefty workload placed on the kids.
“I got called down to the principal’s office because parents were not happy with me. It was ruining my life for weeks.”
Apparently it was then that she learned about the school’s “No Zero” policy. She told The New York Post:
“I was not allowed to give anything lower than a 50”
But when a group of students failed to hand in the assignment she decided not to give them a grade.
“I’m used to kids not handing in work… but then chasing them until the report cards are in to make sure they make it up,” with extra credit, she said. “But I don’t give a grade for nothing.”
Tirado received a letter from the principal relieving her of her position. Because she had only been working at the school for two months under a probationary period, there was no cause mentioned for her firing.
Even though there was no official reason why she was let go she say’s she knows exactly why.
“I loudly bucked the system, I refused to do their policy. I guess you would call that defiance.”
On her final day she left the kids a farewell message on the class whiteboard.
“Bye kids. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life!” “I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50% for not handing anything in.”
The image of her message, which she posted to Facebook, has been shared over 1,000 times.
“It’s absurd to give someone something for nothing and to do that is creating a future that is pretty darn bleak,”
“We’re creating monsters out of our children,” she added. “We give them too much.. people that experience that kind of childhood then that’s what you want, you’re entitled for the rest of your life.”
The school denies having a no zero policy, a spokesperson said:
“There is no district or individual school policy prohibiting teachers from recording a grade of zero for work not turned in.”
Tirado maintains that the policy is there in the school student and paernt handbook in big red letters. A screen shot taken from the school handbook appears to show that she is right.