LETTER: Don't dumb us down

The New York Times posted an article discussing the lowered test standards for exit exams that high school students take to receive
Sandusky Register Staff
May 13, 2010

The New York Times posted an article discussing the lowered test standards for exit exams that high school students take to receive a diploma. With education being such an important necessity for a successful future, it's a shame that high test standards are not being reinforced. It's also an insult to the numerous students who are surely capable of passing an exit exam that is far more challenging.

Making the exit exams less complicated will not benefit the students in any way, and they certainly won't prove that the students are prepared for graduating high school and succeeding in the future. Not to mention a huge amount of money is being wasted to develop these new exit exams with lowered test standards.

Instead of dumbing-down the test standards, students simply need to work harder to prove themselves and the lawmakers in the states need to realize the value and importance of a high school diploma.

Natalie Salata

Milan

Comments

wetsu

The ongoing TIMMS study might shed some light on where we are as a country, at least where math and science are concerned.

http://nces.ed.gov/timss/

It is a fairly large PDF file. It even has a "Dare to Compare" section where you can test your own mastery.

brutus smith

We were dumbed down the last 30 years. Some of the posters on here are living proof of that. The ones in the 20,000-40,000 dollar range who think the rich should get richer at the expense of the middle class.

friend

Well said, Natalie. The problem is that the public schools are not interested in improving their students. They are only interested in making the schools themselves look good. Lowering standards makes the schools look better, because they can now say their graduation rates are higher.

This has been happening for years. Milan used to offer gifted programs starting at 1st grade. They no longer offer gifted at the elementary level.

This is why today's Associate's Degree is the same as a 1960's HS Diploma.

Winston Smith

A great resource!

Libraries are one of the few collectivist institutions in which I believe because (And I’m paraphrasing Andrew Carnegie), it’s one of the few things that you can’t get something out without putting something in.

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IMO, our overwhelmingly media laced culture tends to dumb down our citizenry and leads them to believe that politically that there are only Dems and Repubs.

I remembered this on-line test from a few years ago:

http://www.okcupid.com/politics

IMO it helps to demonstrate the multi-dimensional nature of politics.

It can possibly be enlightening and fun.

FYI: I'm a Libertarian - a social liberal and an economic conservative.

In a nutshell, I don't pretty much care what you do; I just don't want to pay for your lifestyle or its effects.

Winston Smith

The ‘unflappable’ POTUS Obama gets irritated:

http://www.politico.com/news/sto...

I like how he physically beats on the guy. Those aren't 'love' taps.

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On topic: A great resource!

Winston Smith

Our unflappable POTUS Obama gets irritated:

http://www.politico.com/news/sto...

Those ain’t love taps he’s given to the reporter.

Winston Smith

A great resource!

Libraries are one of the few collectivist institutions in which I believe because (And I’m paraphrasing Andrew Carnegie), it’s one of the few things that you can’t get something out without putting something in.

---------------

IMO, our overwhelmingly media laced culture tends to dumb down our citizenry and leads them to believe that politically that there are only Dems and Repubs.

I remembered this on-line test from a few years ago:

http://www.okcupid.com/politics

IMO it helps to demonstrate the multi-dimensional nature of politics.

It can possibly be enlightening and fun.

FYI: I'm a Libertarian - a social liberal and an economic conservative.

In a nutshell, I don't pretty much care what you do; I just don't want to pay for your lifestyle or its effects.

Winston Smith

The ‘unflappable’ POTUS Obama gets irritated:

http://www.politico.com/news/sto...

I like how he physically beats on the guy. Those aren't 'love' taps.

--------------

On topic: A great resource!

Winston Smith

Our unflappable POTUS Obama gets irritated:

http://www.politico.com/news/sto...

Those ain’t love taps he’s given to the reporter.