Some Fear Bad Grades May Encourage Dropouts, but Not Everyone Is Convinced By EMILY FRIEDMAN Dec. 5, 2008 For more students nationwide, the grading alphabet ends at "D," as school districts eliminate policies that allow children to be given failing marks. At public schools in Grand Rapids, Mich., high school students will no longer receive "F"s but instead will earn the letter "H" when their work falls woefully short. Superintendent Bernard Taylor told ABCNews.com that the "H" stands for "held," and is a system designed to give students a second chance on work that was not up to par. "I never see anyone doing anything but punishing kids," said Taylor. "If the choice is between letting kids fail and giving them another opportunity to succeed, I'm going to err on the side of opportunity." ABC News: Are Students Coddled? Schools Get Rid of 'F's Once again the educrats come up with these ideas which to most logical minds would be completely asinine. Does this sound like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic?