We cripple kids with lowered expectations.
Above comes from my friend Ricochet's latest post. Those words say it all. The only lesson many kids have learned is they don't need to do anything to get a diploma. A program in a school I know well put kids who did nothing into a special late afternoon program and rewarded them with food, trips and smoking breaks. They got credit for doing online assignments during a class they were getting credit for. They disrespected everyone and got away with almost everything. Kids plotted as early as ninth grade ways to get into this plush place where a diploma would just be the icing on the cake.
Sadly, this crap is going on everywhere. I got an e-mail from a teacher in Portugal who is experiencing similar things. Kids graduate prepared for nothing. Many enter into college expecting the same treatment. It is time to stop worrying about graduation rates and start concentrating on graduates.