Most schools in the USA use a grading scale that ranges from A for excellent work, through B, C, D, and finally F for failing work. A school in Virginia is shifting its grading policy to allow for fewer "F" grades and replacing them with "I" (incomplete) grades. Does the practice give students unrealistic expectations about the world they will enter after graduation, or is this a nice way to encourage students not to be discouraged? This article in the Washington Post says: "Depending on whom you ask, West Potomac High School's latest change to student grading is either another sign of a coddled generation or a necessary step to help struggling kids. The dreaded F has been all but banished from the grade books. The report cards that arrived home late last week showed few failing grades but instead marks of "I" for incomplete, indicating that students still owe their teachers essential work. They will get Fs only if they fail to complete assignments and learn the content in the months to come. The change in educational philosophy is intended to encourage students to continue working toward mastery of material rather than accepting a failing grade and moving on. Schools throughout the Washington area and the nation have made other moves to improve grading methods, especially as they affect low-performing students, though few have gone so far as West Potomac High, in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County..." Read more here. Should we fail the F grade, or are we missing a chance for kids to learn how to work within a system of goals and expectations?