When I was teaching, guessing correctly on approximately 50% of math multiple choice questions got the student a passing grade. I remember my group of seniors who had never passed a math class all passing this exam. I repeatedly told them they still knew no math and had a long way to go if they wanted to succeed in college. I met several on the college campus 3 years after high school graduation and they were still struggling with remedial math and lacked proper skills to get help, study and pass.
Now the Regents has decided anyone with a grade between 50 and 64 can appeal and get a waiver to graduate. We aren’t helping these students, we are hurting them. Dumbing down requirements is not only not preparing them for the future, it is holding them back.
Sorry shape of education today.
tODAY THE KIDS SEE THIS AS
2+2 = 5
NO BUT ITS 4
WHO SAID SO?
WHAT IS THAT? OLD SCHOOL OR SOMETHING?
I agree 100%. Regents exams were requested by the colleges in order to facilitate proper placement. By that I mean, if you had a kid from Stuyvesant who had a grade point average of 85 and a kid from Evander Childs with a grade point average of 85, they used to allow both entrance into all CUNY college. The thing of course was that those grade point averages were very different in reality, so the regents were the great equalizer - it proved knowledge. If the colleges allow open admissions again via grade point averages from NYC high schools they are going to come up with the same or worse than what was seen in the 1980s - with 5% of city high school grads graduating college in four years. For many years the special education diploma was a diploma of attendance, but a diploma of attendance can’t be used even with regular Ed students because attendance cannot be used against them. It’s unbelievable when one considers the amount of money that the DOE gets to churn out functionally or I should say un-functionally illiterate graduates who cannot hold a job or pass an introductory class in college. Generation after generation of these kind of results are being noticed by our enemies and will make the subjugation of the United States much easier to accomplish. The abolishment of the regents is a clear indication of the massive failure of the educational system in New York City.
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