But what about student athletes and their problems in attending ZAP? Dr. D said, "If they can’t attend ZAP after school because of their sport then they will make it up at lunch. If there’s a problem there as well then they will simply be pulled from their class. Students need to take responsibility for their decisions." There will clearly be no mercy for someone who misses a ZAP. There will be detentions if you miss ZAP, as usual, but if it becomes a problem to attend then the school will call parents.
There is a question that always needs to be answered. Is the ZAP program holding the hands of students? Dr. D says, "No, I think it’s the opposite. ZAP is here to teach responsibility to students who need assistance." I then asked if this program would create a dependency on programs like ZAP. He said, "Life is essentially the same. When you don’t pay your water bill or your electric bill, you have a consequence. This teaches you to do your work. When there is no ZAP, there is no consequence and students don’t understand how much zeroes are affecting them in a negative way."
ZAP is going to be placed in high school to help students by forcing their grades up and ultimately teach them responsibility. Well, what about the students that don’t improve with ZAP, like the ones who will ditch it anyways? Dr. D’Agostino said that there are glitches to every system, but that he would gladly spend the money on this program even if it only helps one student. The amount of credit earned for making up an assignment is up to the teachers.
I asked Dr. D if he was concerned with the opinions of students on this program. "I’m interested in working with students to change the program if there is any problem to students. ZAP will be placed in high school and any objections are out of the question." It seems ZAP will be staying in high school this year and possibly many more to come. Dr. D’Agostino hopes that ZAP won’t ever have to be depended on to keep students on track. "In the end, it’s your job as a student to do your homework. We shouldn’t have to force you to do it."