Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thoughts on Changing Education Standards

People are interesting. Each person chiming into this article has differing opinions. For those that cannot handle math or science this is unfair. For those that can handle it, they are saying it could be done. In the grand scheme of education, it would seem to me that the only true means of testing a society is by the abilities that the educated have.

Are all people created equal, as the constitution states? The answer is simply no. The current dropout rate is high, yet not much higher today than it was 20 years ago. Are the classes harder today than they were 20 years ago? Depends on your version of hard. As an educator I would say that classes today are lowered so that more students can achieve the bare minimum.

As an educator, my view on a plan like this is mixed. We need higher standards for all, yet we don't need just one model. Students should be offered differing tracks of education, and still be able to pass high school. For those that are involved in science/math. Push them, allow them to learn. Yet Physics over Anatomy may not be correct. Health Science can benefit some, while Physical Science will benefit others.

Math is necessary and I understand that. What about more statistics or business math for students who want a different track. When making a plan consider your audience. That is my thought on this topic.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-high-school-grad-changes-04-22-10-20100421,0,5537984.story

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