Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River
Their idea of raising the bar is to lower all the standards…
The change would require students graduating in 2016 to pass a third year of math and two years of foreign language courses. With these changes, the district would no longer require the currently mandated health and applied technology courses.
To help students meet the tougher new standards, the district is proposing to shrink the graduation requirement from 230 to 170 units and making electives optional, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
Did you catch that, folks? Dropping the credit requirements by 60 is RAISING the bar. Lowering the bar is raising it. George Orwell, please call your office! This is newspeak at its finest. For any of you who erroneously believe that raising something implies causing it to go higher, just save the government the trouble and admit yourself to reeducation camp.
Eliminating health and technology in favor of a second year of foreign language? Is this so that our newly dumbed down children can offer “fries with that” in more than one language? Look, I know that the times are changing, and that we should want to adapt to a rapidly changing workplace demographic, but at the expense of necessary classes and a more strenuous graduation requirement? What’s next- adding another year to high school, so that “5th year Senior” is no longer a derogatory term?
I know that the Price of Freedom series here on BJG is normally my Dad’s thing…but in all honesty, I have a “Price” of my own for you. Go rent (or purchase) the film “Idiocracy“. Watch it carefully. If you don’t want your child to end up like the general population of that movie, you have to find some way to stop this. What happens in California has the tendency to spread. Is this really our future?