Florida teacher got fired for giving students zeros and declining to give them 50 percent if they did not do their tasks

A teacher was fired after giving half of her class zeros since that’s how many hours they spent doing an assignment. Instead of teaching them a lesson, a history teacher to 8th graders was fired.

No Zeros policy

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The teacher Diane Tirado, who worked at St. Lucie County, Florida, shared that she gave students two weeks to finish their homework.

No work, no grade 

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After several students failed to deliver their projects, Tirado learned about the school’s “No Zeros” policy from the administrators.

This did not sit well with the teacher

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Tirado asked, “What if they don’t turn anything in?” She learned that children still get 50 percent, which she did not like.

The teacher got fired

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Tirado was still on a probationary period, so the letter from the school’s principal did not go into details. She was merely told to pack her things, but Tirado left something for the kids.

She left a message for her former students 

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On a whiteboard, the teacher wrote, “Bye Kids, Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you 50% for not handing anything in. Mrs. Tirado”

The message went viral across social media

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The teacher shared the message on Facebook, and it soon spread across social media. Talking to the local media, the teacher explained, “I’m so upset because we have a nation of kids that expect to get paid and live their life just for showing up, and it’s not real.”

The teacher still believes in education

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Mrs. Tirado shared that teaching was her calling, and despite her bad luck at West Gate School, she hopes to make a change. She stated, “A grade in Mrs. Tirado’s class is earned.”

The school later denied that zeros were the reason the teacher was fired

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The school issued a statement to WPTV: “Tirado was released from her duties as an instructor because her performance was deemed sub-standard and her interactions with students, staff, and parents lacked professionalism and created a toxic culture on the school’s campus.”

The statement came after the teacher shook the educational system

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Though this story goes back to 2018, it shows that one person can shake up the educational system. Talking to the NY Post, Mrs. Tirado said, “I loudly bucked the system,” adding, “I refused to do their policy. I guess you would call that defiance.”

Tirado shared updates on Facebook

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On her page, the teacher wrote, “Teaching should not be this hard. Teachers teach content, children do the assignments to the best of their ability, and teachers grade that work based on a grading scale that has been around a very long time.”

Tirado pointed out that she wants students to succeed

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The teacher added, “By nature, most teachers are loving souls who want to see students succeed. We do above and beyond actual teaching to give them the support they need. Are we perfect? NO. We make mistakes like all other human beings, but I know teachers work their butts off to help children to be the best people they can be!”

What do you think about the “No Zero” policy?

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Was the teacher right to give kids zeros when they did nothing? Do you believe that was the real reason she lost her job? What would you change in the educational system if you could?

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