Teacher Claims She Was Fired For Not Complying With School's Controversial 'No Zeros' Policy
(WPTV News/YouTube)

Diane Tirado taught her eighth students at West Gate K-8 School that when it comes to life, there are no easy passes.

When she applied that tenet towards grading, however, Tirado was fired. She believes she was let go for ignoring the school's "no zeros" grading policy.



Within the first few weeks of teaching at her new job in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Tirado assigned the students an "explorer notebook project."

After some of her pupils missed the two-week deadline to hand in the assignment, she consulted with the school's administrators about the grading policy and was told the lowest grade she can give was 50 percent.

Tirado, however, stayed true to her convictions and refused to give half marks for the students who didn't turn in the assignment.

"A grade in Ms. Tirado's class is earned," she declared.


On September 14, Tirado was terminated from the school and was given no explanation since she was technically under a probationary period.

On her last day at the school, Tirado wrote a final message to her students on the white board and posted a picture of it to her Facebook page.


It read:

"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."

Tirado told WPTV News that "we have a nation of kids that are expecting to get paid and live their life just for showing up and it's not real."



Her post of the final message to her students has now been shared over 2,200 times.

According to the NY Post, the spokesperson for the school denied the "no zeros" policy, saying that "some classroom teachers and school faculties" have decided that a range of 50 to 59 grading points constitutes a failing grade.

The spokesperson also said:

"There is no district or individual school policy prohibiting teachers from recording a grade of zero for work not turned in. The district's uniform grading system utilizes letter grades A-F, numerical grades 100 to zero and grade point averages from four to zero."

However, the West Gate student and parent handbook clearly states in all caps: "NO ZEROS – LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%," based on the news outlet's reporter holding up a cropped image of the policy on her smartphone.


(WPTV news/YouTube)



Another teacher came forward with a similar experience.




People couldn't believe how the school coddles their students.














Tirado is hoping her speaking out against West Gate's grading scale will motivate policy change.


H/T - YouTube, Twitter, NYpost, AOL

People Divulge The Scariest Thing That's Ever Happened To Them
Photo by Josh Nuttall on Unsplash

All of us have fears which some might call irrational.

Up to and including ghosts, witches, monsters.

But more often than not, reality can be far scarier than the supernatural.

And there are very few people indeed who don't have a memory of a moment when they were truly and genuinely scared.

And not by an otherworldly encounter, but by things that could quite literally happen to anyone.

Redditor GodhimselfUwU was curious to hear the scariest experiences people have lived through, leading them to ask:

"What’s the scariest non-supernatural thing that ever happened to you?"
Keep reading... Show less

Having to work for a living is hard work.

Some jobs come with difficulty and two extra sides of stress.

So the last thing people need is unwarranted hate.

I'm so glad I work from home. Writing alone.

I have issues with me, but that I can deal with.

I do hate internet issues.

But that is warranted.

Redditor PM_ME_URFOOD wanted to talk about the jobs where a ridiculous amount of vitriol is all part of a days work. They asked:

"What profession gets an unjustified amount of hate?"
Keep reading... Show less
People Explain Which Items In Life Should Always Be Free
Photo by Levi Ventura on Unsplash

Short of having a shopping addiction, no one actually likes spending money on stuff.

Why would you ever willingly give it away? It's your money!

Which might be why it feels so bad when you have to spend money of something that should be free from the beginning. People/ corporations are going to chase that cheddar, though, so there's little you can do besides complain, which frankly might be the best thing the internet is for.

Keep reading... Show less
Women Share The Biggest Downsides To Having Breasts
Chichi Onyekanne/Unsplash

The worst part of having breasts is Florida.

I didn't even say large breasts. Just breasts, any breasts. Florida and breasts are mortal enemies sworn to battle one another into oblivion until the end of days.

Keep reading... Show less