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Published: Sunday, April 27 2014 10:00 p.m. MDT

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LittleStream
Carson City, NV

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.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

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.

EJM
Herriman, UT

Until school districts especially Granite, make a stronger push dealing with attendance, they will never reach 90%. No way.

XelaDave
Salem, UT

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

Kristjhn
Bountiful, UT

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.

RSLfanalways
West Valley, UT

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.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

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.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

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.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

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.

worf
Mcallen, TX

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.

worf
Mcallen, TX

@ 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 jobs.

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