Are we supposed to be encouraging or honest?

We have a computer course covering Pre Algebra and Algebra I. There are twelve tests, and it is supposed to take two semesters, six tests a semester. I have a student who is taking it for the second semester. She finished five tests the first semester. Eleven weeks in her second semester, she added the sixth test and is almost ready to take the seventh test. I told her that she would probably need a third semester to finish. She got angry with me for discouraging her.


The semester is fifteen weeks long (including final exam week.) If she can pass five tests in four weeks, why hasn’t she been doing it earlier, when the material was easier? Are these students so used to people being positive and encouraging that they can’t accept honesty?


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