The increase in high school diplomas is commendable. Puts the students on the
right track. Would like the report to state what the GPA of the graduates was.
Also the students absolutely need to be encouraged to go to college. What kind
of job and at what pay is a high school graduate going to get a job? My son
determined to better his life now has an AA degree and has not been able to get
a full time job with benefits (important, as he is raising two disabled
children) He has not been able to find a full time job. He has accepted a
contract job through a temp agency. This job market is dismal.
Numbers and percentages can be very misleading. The emphasis now is on the
basics. That part is great. However, we are developing a basically literate
society without any understanding of the classics.
Until school districts especially Granite, make a stronger push dealing with
attendance, they will never reach 90%. No way.
My daughter teaches in Utah- she was informed at one local HS she interviewed at
that their kids do not fail and any teacher with a failure rate higher than 10
percent would not have their contract renewed- when she pressed on this she was
informed that failing kids were the teachers fault and that she should "make
sure they passed." You can interpret that as you like- measures of
performance are wonderful just be careful what you measure- you will get an
entrepreneurial response anytime you place a measure on someone
The problem with this is 60% of students who graduate need to take a remedial
math or english course in college. So we are graduating students, just not
students with basic skills. I think we are confusing "social
promotion" with graduation.
I agree with Kristjhn, we are just making it easier to graduate. The numbers are
misleading. In High School I almost never had to study or do homework, then I
went to college and that was a lot more work. We need to make High Schools more
like college giving kids more options to choose what they want to do for the
future and make it more challenging. Kids need to be pushed harder or more of
them will be living with their parents after they graduate.
To "LittleStream" I somewhat agree with you.Once the kids
graduate they should be encouraged to go to a tradeschool or college. There are
many high paying jobs that do not require a college degree but do require
specific tradeschool education.
Redshirt... I would take it even farther.... high schools should be graduating
job ready kids - those that are not going on to higher education. There is no
reason a kid can't graduate ready for a job in the trades, or service
sector. Locally we have a high school that graduates kids with Nursing (LPN)
degree. We've had AP classes for ever. Why not have the same skill
building for those kids not going on to university life.You
don't need to have a schooling in classic literature to be a shift manager
in a retail store. What do you need advanced math for if your are going into
the trades, or even a real estate agent.Education is an awesome
thing. I went all the way with mine. But that does not mean higher education
is the right path for everyone.
Just two weeks ago the DN ran a story about the large percentage of students who
were not ready for college work. They spend all their money on remedial course
and quit before they graduate from college.Is that what we want? I
don't think so.The story was from April 14th. The title was Colleges
seek to improve remedial programs.Issuing a diploma worth nothing is no
accomplishment at all. But I suppose there is grant money to be had in the high
schools for promoting more unprepared students.
In the past five years,- 410,000 highly skilled workers have come from other
countries.Of the eighty percent graduates, a third of them are from
other countries.This data is from the associated press.Our education system need to be simplified.
@ XelaDave:You are totally correct, and students know this.Why study, and work hard if you're going to pass anyway.Most
teachers will pass students who don't deserve it, in fear of losing their