Was anybody else appalled by the advice to decrease instructional requirements and necessities for graduating from highschool in Oregon? (“Oregon ought to make highschool diplomas simpler to earn, require a monetary literacy course, training division says,” Sept. 3)
Does the Oregon Board of Training suppose it’s doing anybody a favor by not requiring “that college students show primary mastery in studying, writing and math to earn a diploma?” How does that assist a youngster coming into the job market and making an attempt to ascertain a steady life? How does that assist employers and the households of these with a much less significant diploma? How does that assist a pupil of colour or somebody with English as a second language to do nicely in maturity with out studying such primary abilities? How does decrease achievement make our society higher in any method? How precisely does this obtain justice?
In pursuit of “fairness,” the Oregon Board of Training will scale back the scholars’ alternatives for a steady, constructive future in a sophisticated and aggressive world. A greater method can be so as to add summer season college, tutoring, addressing distractions from studying, and/or educating college students and oldsters examine abilities to convey college students’ data and talents to the purpose the place they will obtain mastery of these abilities wanted for a accountable grownup life. The board’s suggestions sound like misguided priorities by a authorities company and a want to make this as simple as potential for lecturers and directors. The well-being and way forward for Oregon’s youngsters are now not a precedence.
Linda Jensen, Salem