Higher graduation rates in New York State are being celebrated, but the diplomas issued are worthless because the Board of Regents eliminated passing at least four Regents exams as a requirement (“NY’s ‘leaders’ are destroying public education by lowering standards,” New York Post, Feb. 17).
There was a time when I graduated from high school on Long Island, N.Y. that a diploma was a sign of real achievement. I remember taking several Regents exams along the way. I wonder what’s next: Giving every student a diploma just for seat time? No wonder so many parents are pulling their children out of public schools and enrolling them in private or religious schools.
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