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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Opus 2015-45: Rigor and High Standards?

You need to understand the smoke and mirrors of public education.

This started at the beginning of the year when I thought I heard one of our administrators announce that the official policy of the school board was that students could fail two of their core classes in their last semester and still qualify for promotion and all the activities surrounding it.  I was not surprised.  I have come to expect this kind of thing.  I was horrified because you always hope that you are missing something, but this seemed pretty clear.

In talking with other teachers it seemed like we all heard slightly different things.  That is normal so I started asking for an official statement.  Believe it or not, sometimes people in charge on our district don’t get their facts straight.  Others were asking the same questions and finally I procured a printed document with the district’s name across the top that was official.  At least it looks official.  I am assuming it is genuine because I know the source.

It is labeled “Middle School Contract” and is dated for last years school term.  It has a place for the student and parents to sign but there is no indication that the teachers are involved.  I for one had never seen this before.

Let me share a couple of the requirements:
“No more than 2 F’s in the last reporting period.”
“Students must utilize all opportunities provided by the school and District to remediate F grades in 7th and 8th grades.”
My computer did not recognize the spelling of “remediate” so I looked it up.  It is an archaic term that is an adjective, not a verb.  Welcome to high standards.  Notice that is says “must utilize” not “make up.”  Also recognize that the last grading period is the last five weeks of school and there is no honest way to make up grades from a 19 week class in that time.  Also be aware that there are no standard ways to make up failures.  We had no summer school.  It is up to the local authorities.

The document starts out with,
“The goal of ______ Staff and Administration is to ensure the success of every student.  This contract provides support for the achievement of a successful academic journey  and memorable conclusion to your middle school years at _____.”
I guess it all depends on what you consider success.  Repeated failure and lack of accountability is not my definition, but I do not indulge in the Administration Kool Aid.

Happy High Standards and Rigor Day.

homo unius libri


  1. As long as they do what they're told most of the time, Big Brother will be happy.

    1. That was one scary movie. I never got to the book. It becomes closer to reality daily.

      Grace and peace.


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