allison soukhamthath, Allison Soukhamthath
Students in the Modesto School District in California are required to take world religions in their freshman year of high school and must pass the course before graduating.

Why all the recent flap about Utah's high school graduation rate ranking 33rd in the nation, — like that was new information? The Deseret News published that information June 1, six months ago. And because there is no national standard for earning a high school diploma, that ranking means absolutely nothing unless it is accompanied by information on the graduation requirements of the different states.

It is not the same as comparing students' performance in reading, math and science — where either you can do it or you can't.

Fred Ash