The no-zero policy basically means teachers are unable to give zeros, or fail students for incomplete work.

Michael Zwaagstra says other parts of the country have already jumped through the hoops of this policy and learned their lesson.

“A number of school divisions have started to finally move away from them and I just find it interesting that in Newfoundland the reverse seems to have happened,” he says.

Implementing such a policy, Zwaagstra adds, shows a lack of critical thinking by people running the education system — the same people who are supposed to be teaching students to be critical thinkers — because there’s no proof the no-zero policy works.

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