Arkansas Ged Online
Q: I can't imagine GWB seeking federal control of education at
all; that's the province of the democrats. I would, however, like
to see nationwide standardization of the minimum competencies
required of students for promotion (k-8) and graduation (9-12 and
"Nationwide standardization of the minimum competencies" IS more federal
control. What do you imagine that *nationwide* means?
A:I know you would prefer that everyone go through life without any responsibility for their choices (and make it a crime against "liberty" for someone to point out a fault) but get serious for a second: How does it serve society OR the individuals concerned for their "education" to have so little relevance to that of their neighbors that they cannot write a simple declarative sentence, fully comprehend the wording of a "plain language" warranty, or balance their checkbook? NC high schools and colleges crank out hundreds of thousands of people lacking those basic skills every year - and every one of them has fulfilled all of the states' requirements for the sheepskin. I'm sorry, but without a national education competency standard, there will always be states that will dilute their requirements in order to appear to be producing graduates far more competent than they really are. The only "control" implicit in a national standard is one of shame for the educational establishment of states that cannot (or refuse to) meet it. Thus, diplomas issued by such states could not be endorsed as complying with US national standards. (They still might be recognized as valid among the member states of the Mississippi-Arkansas-Alabama-Carolinas Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools - but it is unlikely to be so outside of that territory.)