Once again it appears that the Texas Educational Agency has thrown the baby out with the bathwater. This seems to happen every few years when a new PhD is added to their staff, al, in their opinions, for the sake of providing the children of Texas with a better education. And in my opinion and only my opinion, once again, they are severely injuring the education of Texas’ children.
The new watermark for Texas education will be three-fold: test scores, graduation rates and college entrance exams. Graduation rates have some validity, I think.
However, while it would be nice, I suppose, if all our kids went to college, it’s not very likely, and, frankly, not necessary. So why would entrance exams be a necessary guideline? Don’t we want to have mechanics (auto and otherwise), secretaries, cooks and chefs, hair dressers, massage therapists, heavy equipment operators, farmers, electricians, bus and truck drivers, plumbers, and so forth? Don’t we need them any more? And if we do, why do they need to have a college diploma? There are trade schools for those necessary jobs. Often they pay more than one would receive with a college diploma, so, I think college entrance exams are useless as a monitor of achievement for everyone.
Now, quite a few years back the whole education system was changed with “No Child Left Behind.” This program insisted, and still does insist, that we are all the same, with the same abilities, talents, thought processes. Baloney!!
Gee, I wish I could paint like Rembrandt or play cello like Yo-Yo Ma. But we are not the same. I can write and I do a little art, but I can’t sing or play music. I love to cook, but I am no Bobby Flay! I don’t know anything about a car except whether it goes or not, and I don’t want to know about it. I rely on someone else who has those abilities.