It does seem very much to high school students here that only the high grades
matter, not the difficulty of classes -- unless they are well-informed and have
already decided to pursue a specific course of study in college and have
reviewed program requirements. All the short-term rewards and incentives go to
kids who get A's -- regardless of the classes they take. I always hated
that when I was in school years ago. Now I see it for my own kids. We need to
remake our entire system of expectations.
A small part of the problem is that many Universities tell students that the
difficulty of the class doesn't matter. A BYU rep told my daughter that the
fact that she had only Honors and AP classes her last two years of high school
would not matter for admissions!In spite of my being a BYU Alum, I
encouraged her to go to a University where it did matter!
Too much funding for testing, and bringing up scores of low achievers.Less focus on high achieving students, and they miss out. Reflects
If you think it's bad now wait a few years. Our schools are so afraid of
failing students they are going to be passing even more students who can't
walk and talk and chew gum at the same time. All of the accountability is being
placed on teachers. Little on the student and what they are doing/not doing.
American students receive passing grades for doing little to nothing. Students
learn this, then have little motivation to succeed.To have contracts
renewed, teachers must have a low failure rates.Liberal thinking
does not promote motivation, but encourages entitlements.
Worf,Why blame liberals for everything you find to be wrong in the
country today? In Utah we test kids to death and parents and students have no
accountability for their school work, and no state is more conservative than
Utah. The testing that you hate so much is a Conservative solution not a
My daughter is in 2nd grade. She is tested at least 5 times each week on
something. The other day I asked what happened at school that was interesting.
She replied, "nothing, we tested all day." She is 7 years old and is
starting to hate testing already. Boy, I will have my hands full later.
Fred44,Liberals justify their program spending with tests scores.