Monday, August 22, 2011
High School Standards
I have spent so much time researching graduation standards. I know there is some leeway because they were able to manipulate the standards for Ken's graduation. It's hard with kids who are dyslexic, ADD and other LD's. They are smart but don't test well and don't fit neatly into the mold society sets for high school. In the past, the counselor could chose what standards were used to judge whether a teen could graduate. Now, you must fail 10th grade before they can relax some requirements. When we all went to school, there were kids who chose a different track and that was fine. Now days they require you to fail and be frustrated before they can give you a choice of paths. The real kicker is the counselor doesn't have to offer it, they could continue to hold you to the main standard and torture you. Then, we wonder why Texas has the highest rate of drop outs. We try to put everyone in a mold and to hell with whether it works for you! So, this year went from being Morgan's junior year to senior year when I discovered she only needed 3 full credits and two 1/2 credit classes to graduate. She is very smart and some day would like to run her own salon. She can take business classes at the community classes and she can chose if she wants to purse an associates or bachelor degree. For now, she will get her cosmetology license.
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