Yes, we let kids off too easy, they need to prove themselves
No, this can devastate and humiliate a teen
It's only fair if the teen failed other classes
The teen should still be able to walk just not get a diploma
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
And what I quoted suggested that some tests favor the left-brained over the right-brained. I will happily repeat my opinion that this may be taking things a little too far. I am about as right-brained a person as you'll ever find, understand the learning disabilities associated with lefthandedness, and am also more than a little militant about the ordinary inconveniences that those who are "right-brained" experience. And I did just fine on every standardized test I ever took, including the SAT and GRE when I was hung over and still hadn't gone to bed.
Time to stop making excuses for slackers. If the student can't pass a minimum-standards test on the three R's, that student shouldn't have a diploma.
While I don't think the educational system is quite as bad as you make it out to be, it most definitely needs some radical reform, including getting away from the memorization of facts that can be found on the internet, ending central control, more options such as vocational training, and the end of the 19th. century idea of the summer break.
Public schools need to have to compete for students instead of simply requiring parents to use the school that the district says they have to use.
Oh, and those layers of bureaucracy have to be done away with.
I had a student years ago who turned 18 and ran for the school board. He won. You might be able to do the same, and then begin at least to institute some reforms.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
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