There was a time when a high school diploma meant something. But that time has long since passed, as states continue to lower graduation requirements in the misguided belief that doing so benefits Black and Hispanic students (“The American educational demise fails our kids and cedes power to China,” New York Post, Aug. 29).
The latest example – but certainly not the last – is Oregon, which no longer requires students to demonstrate any level of proficiency in reading, writing and math. That is outrageous because it shortchanges precisely those students it is supposed to help.
Our competitors abroad are far more realistic. They know that standards are indispensable.
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