Started by Jason Harvestdancer, January 09, 2022, 03:16:53 PM
QuoteOregon Gov. Kate Brown privately signed a bill last month ending the requirement for high school students to prove proficiency in reading, writing, and arithmetic before graduation....The bill, which suspends the proficiency requirements for students for three years, has attracted controversy for at least temporarily suspending academic standards amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Backers argued the existing proficiency levels for math and reading presented an unfair challenge for students who do not test well, and Boyle said the new standards for graduation would aid Oregon's "Black, Latino, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color."
Quote from: SGOS on January 10, 2022, 04:45:21 AMYou're damned if you are, and you're damned if you aren't. Temporarily lowering standards in a compromised learning environment is not necessarily racist, because it applies to everyone who is learning impaired in that situation. Although I would be critical of the governors choice of words. I'm not even sure that lowering academic standards in the current environment is the right thing to do, but that's a different debate.