August 23, 2014

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Standards-based learning

I had to laugh at the guest editorial about standards-based learning. It says that CVU is at the forefront in the state. Does that mean kids won’t be graduating anymore just because they attend school? You mean they actually have to learn something to receive a diploma?

That’s nothing new at all. It wasn’t that long ago that kids didn’t automatically pass every year if they didn’t learn what was expected. It was called failing (Oh, my, politically incorrect). They failed because they did not reach expectations academically. Kids didn’t receive a meaningless piece of paper at the end of four years of high school, either. They had to work at learning first.

Kids were actually kept back a year, sometimes two, when they did not meet requirements, right up through high school.

My belief is that if kids were taught nothing except the basics—reading, writing and arithmetic—the first two or three years of school, we wouldn’t be in the mess that education is in now.

Anyway, good luck with going back to the way education used to be. Be prepared to fight the mothers who believe “everybody gets a trophy,” because not everybody deserves a diploma.

Kimberly Townsend
Williston

 
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