Dr. Victoria Martin, a Child Psychiatrist in Richardson, TX. is becoming increasingly concerned about the “no pass, no play” law and the effect it is having on our children.
“I am sure that this law was passed with the best of intentions but it is time to acknowledge it’s complete failure”. “According to many educators I have spoken with, there have been very few, if any, children who have truly benefited from this unjust rule”. “Many students I see as patients have definitely suffered because of it”. “It could be better titled the “no pass, no live” law for many children”. Dr. Martin feels strongly that if weighed in the balance, this rule does far more damage than good. It is a means by which children who are already feeling like failures are made to feel even more so. It takes away from many of them their only source of achievement and self-esteem. This will only lead to increasing anger, frustration and hopelessness”.