I was at a conference (teaching related) and we were talking about changing grades for sports players. Most of the teachers said that if their principals ask them they say, tell me what grade to give him or her and I'll change it. This was not a hypothetical conversation, we were talking about actual experiences with this. I always give my students a chance to improve their grade, and I send letters to parents when a student has a low grade or is missing many assignments. I don't have a problem with my students making up work to turn over a new leaf. However, I will not give someone a passing grade just because they are the star football/basketball/sports player. I'm just flat out disgusted with this; not to mention I've seen the negative effects. I've seen too many students receives a sports scholarship to a university, and then sadly fail out first semester. Anyway, I understand their worries about not wanting to lose their job. Changing the grade is an easy thing; however I'm worried about possible fallout if the said student then fails and someone asks me "why did you pass student X, show me their work samples, etc." Is their a solution to this age old problem? Am I crazy to not want to flat-out change a grade - just so the student can stay on the sports team.