Great Moments in Public Education
Ravenwood - 06/16/05 07:45 AM
A California principal is asking teacher to pass kids along to comply with George Bush's evil No Child Left Behind Act.
A high school principal asked teachers to reconsider the grades of failing seniors to help the school meet federal requirements under the No Child Left Behind law.
Saddleback High School Principal Esther Jones sent teachers a memo on Thursday asking them to reconsider the grades of 98 students, saying "please review your records for these students and determine if they would merit a grade of 'D' instead of a failure."
Jones added that the school needed 95 percent of its seniors to graduate to meet federal requirements. In fact, the school needs a graduation rate of 82.8 percent and will graduate nearly 84 percent of its 500 seniors on Wednesday, school officials said.
The memo probably could have more accurately stated,
"Can you give these students a D so their parents will get off my ass?"
Of course, they couldn't try just doing a better job of educating the students. Instead, the principal wants them to lie and pass people that the teachers know don't deserve it.
One of the main problems is not with the teachers, but with the students and their families. Some kids just refuse to make an effort, and their families refuse to get involved. In cases like that, the school and/or teacher are unable to make headway no matter how hard they try. As much as people try to deny it, some people are just no damn good from the time they are teenagers.
It's multiple problems - elementary school teachers that mainly teach the kids to hate school, parents that care more about the football coach than the teachers, teachers and administrators that adopt every left-wing fad in teaching without regard for effectiveness, administrators that find a thousand excuses to cover up their failures by promoting them anyhow - but most of all, kids that won't take the trouble to learn should be out of school and beginning their careers at McDonald's.
It might even motivate them to go back to school and pay attention.
When it comes to education, you can lead a horse to water...
Why can't we just accept that fact?
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