I appears that we are living in a Utah "Lake Wobegon" where all children
are "above average" and we expect constant improvement in education.Stop grading schools, let boards be independent and representative of
the citizenry to run the schools. Students are unique and evolving emotionally
and intellectually. Some will succeed and some will not. That's life,
deal with it.IMO the school system should provide
information/knowledge/education to students. They and their families are free
(at no cost to them) to receive it or not. They are not empty DVD discs to be
filled with education on an assembly line process with the faculty held
accountable for data transfer when the disc may have problems.When
the student meets life head on and regrets his/her choices to ignore education
opportunities, maybe night school or GED training can mitigate some of the lost
ground but by then the student will be in a mood to learn.It's
the old Bell Curve - you can't have above average kids without below
average kids.IMO the Bell Curve must also apply to legislators as
well, there must be some superior legislators to balance out the inferior ones.
In addition to the possibility of dumping this poorly designed grading system,
the third that Adams has introduced in 3 years, how about we just dump Adams in
the next election?
Just get rid of the tests! Does it improve teaching, learning, or
creativity?What good is it?Easy solution, isn't it?
How many teachers were involved in the development of this bill? Zero.So of course our legislature thinks it will work.It's
incredible how the tail wags the dog in this state. Educators are given zero
How about omitting recently-arrived refugees, of which there are many? What is
the purpose of making a child who knows almost no English take a test entirely
in English? If you don't know what that's like, try downloading a
standardized test in Chinese and see how you do. It's total frustration all
around. This is a complete travesty--once again, a case of teachers, the real
experts, not being asked for their professional opinion. Total arrogance on the
part of politicians and district administration state-wide, as usual.