The rantings of a teacher who retired from the classroom but not from education.
Don't you wish the Powers That Be knew the difference?!
It's becoming increasingly clear that having the "power of the pen" over the kids I teach is not as effective a tool as it used to be. Many kids just don't appear to care. The kids think, "why work hard at all if I can go to "boot camp" or "evening school" and do "credit recovery" in a week." This is the same credit that used to take 5 months with only summer school as the alternative to failure. The "easy way out" has become the educational way of life. There are a number of kids who do know the difference between earning a diploma and getting one. Unfortunately, the focus is not on them, but on the at-risk, less academically able student.
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