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Case 19 Sarah Hanover Sarah Hanover is a first year math teacher that has had no problems with any of her students But one morning the school secretary summoned her to the math office to take a phone call She could have decided just to take a message but this phone call was from an angry parent The call was from the father of James Kilson one of the more outstanding students in one of her pre-calculus classes He had an average score of 98 on his tests but James never did his homework She ended up giving him a B on his report card This is where James father comes in He believes his son should get an A in the math class He decided to give the math teacher a call to express his anger over his sons math grade The phone call was very awkward for Sarah This was the first phone call she has ever received from a parent that she did not initiate contact with firstThe phone call was heated Mr Kilson argued that homework should not be a requirement to get an A in the class James father argued heavily on the point that high school students need high grades in order to get into one of the more highly competitive colleges James got all As on his tests Mr Kilson believed his sons grade should reflect his test scores Sarah did a very good job of keeping her composure during the phone call She let Mr Kilson know that she was serious about homework She made it clear to everyone in the class that homework was a requirement to get an A in the class She also tried to use the argument that homework is part of learning discipline as well However James was a pleasant student who was not a discipline problem Sarah and Mr Kilson agreed to meet after school at 300 pm that
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