D- Below Average America
You may not have noticed or even considered the impact of a recent announcement by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that all former high school who did not graduate because they failed the high school exit exam are now being awarded their diplomas. In addition the State of California no longer requires students to take the exam which was administered in the tenth grade and covered eighth/ninth grade level math and English. A grade of "D" (or the equivalent of 350 out of 450 points) was required for passing. Yes that is correct, a grade of "D" is considered passing in this state and many others.
What this policy does in effect is legitimate "social promotion" for all grades. It has notoriously been used at the elementary school level to advance unruly, lazy, and poorly trained students e.g. from third to fourth grade, etc. Now with it moving to high school level it means that the students can make "D's" for three/four years and obtain a diploma. It means that teachers no longer have to give "F" grades to bad academically performing students. It means the national disgrace of low graduation rates vanishes: all high schools will have a 100% graduation rate and most of these graduates are fucking idiots.
No wonder America is now a second rate country when your greatest asset, youth, is conveniently given a second rate education what more can you be? People complain about H1-B visits increasing and the number of Americans losing their tech jobs to foreigners maybe because those same foreigners are better educated. Just recently the largest charter school chain in New York said they will stop teaching foreign languages. Well, if the only thing an American can read are the directions of which end of the shovel to use, learning Chinese or German is not that important.
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