The argument over the Texas educational system will never go away. State Democrats wants to restore the cuts from 2011 and Republicans are waiting on due process from the courts. While the two parties are at each other’s throats over funding, there’s another bit of business that needs taken care of.
The issue of graduation standards is slowly, but surely, creeping up to the top of a very narrow list of priorities. In this area, there are only two options being considered.
First, there the option of reducing the end of course exams to represent between ‘five to 15 percent of graduation requirements.’ But then, there’s also a push to not have these test scores count towards the student’s grade point average, which is totally ridiculous. Why waste the time with tests that don’t matter?
Secondly, there’s the option of deciding whether or not schools should focus on either, college or vocational education. Why not focus on both? There was a time in the state when that very idea was as normal as the July heat. It worked to perfection, basically because there were students who knew, they were not college material, but could earn just as much as a college graduate with a vocational trade.
To complicate matters, some are pushing for tougher tests, which will completely defeat the purpose. It’s not easy figuring out why Texas kids are not graduating ready for college, which is the behind the scene reality.
Texas’ sanctuary status is causing more harm than good. This is based on a common sense slap to the face. If Texas removed itself from that column that describes it as a sanctuary state, students would graduate ready to take on the world. We should all know by now, teaching Texas kids Spanish, in order to blend in with an increasing population of illegal immigrants, dumb downs both.
Finally, as a side note there are those who want a completely different system, but comprised of what is the million dollar question.
Before 1979, former President Jimmy Carter and his Department of Education, education wasn’t a problem within states. Now there’s only one road with too many forks and one could easily get lost on the way to college.