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Monday, March 25, 2013

Just Brilliant!

I just heard on the radio that some of our Minnesota legislators are interested in changing the test for graduating from high school.  Here's the logic, according to Minnesota Public Radio

Estimates are 15 to 20 percent of Minnesota students will fail the exam, and won't graduate, hurting the state's already meager graduation rate of 77 percent. 

 "We're setting ourselves up for a real problem if we have such high expectations for mathematics just to get out of high school," he (Dave Heistad, the director of research, evaluation and assessment in the Bloomington School district.) said.

Can't say I'm following this line of reasoning.  Let's see, if too many people aren't going to meet up to the standard....let's lower the standard!  Brilliant, folks!  And why is our country falling behind educationally??!  Um, kind of a no-brainer, don't you think?

I'm certainly not a "teach them to the test" sort of person, but I am a "teach them so they actually learn something" sort!  Now there's a novel concept, teach the kids to really learn math, and science, and English, and....whatever else they need to succeed in LIFE!

Okay, I'll get off my soap-box now.  Good night!

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