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EDUCATION: Uphold value of high school diploma

Letter by Brenda M. Bacon, Tacoma on June 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm with No Comments »
June 21, 2013 12:54 pm

Re: “Don’t let math prevent graduation” (letter, 6-21).

The writer’s response (to a student not being allowed to graduate with her class due to failing the state math test, TNT, 6-17) reflects an alarming attitude that fails to recognize crucial elements of a good educational system.

First, his allusion to Ana Coronado’s future success not being contingent upon her knowledge of math misses the mark. An unwillingness to apply oneself to the tasks required to meet the standards set is an impediment to future success. Dismissing certain established standards because you don’t see the relevance is intolerable in any work environment.

Secondly, the writer asserts that the math requirements are antiquated in a “digital age” where our phones can do our math for us. Using that logic, we can eliminate English comp also as our laptops check and correct our spelling and grammar.

And lastly, his assertion that math is responsible for the high dropout rate rings hollow. While working to reduce the high school dropout rate is a worthy endeavor, lowering the bar is not the answer.

In this digital age, where meaningless diplomas are easily accessible, I say kudos to Clover Park School District for upholding the value of a high school diploma.

The graduation ceremony is not an entitlement. For those grads who met all of the requirements, this ceremony is a well-deserved celebration not only of their hard work but of their character development. If we want graduates that, as the writer recognizes, “contribute to society” then we want to instill more than information; we want to provide opportunities for them to mature and develop desirable qualities like commitment and a willingness to learn.

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