Carol Platt Liebau: Unfair to the Children

Friday, May 12, 2006

Unfair to the Children

An unelected, unaccountable judge has just thrown out the California high school exit exam that's designed to ensure that graduates have a rudimentary grasp of math and English before they graduate.

Legislation for the plan was drawn up by the legislature, signed by the governor (then Gray Davis), drafted by schools superintendant Jack O'Connell -- and now it's thrown out, thanks to an egregious example of judicial activism on the part of a hard-core judicial activist.

Apparently, the judge has decided that the test is "unfair" because some teachers aren't certified in the subjects being tested. But everyone should realize that what's being tested isn't advanced physics and complicated math -- nor are Shakespearean writing skills being demanded. The exit exam is on basic math and English -- the exam's already been "dumbed down" as it is.

Does this bleeding-heart judge really think he's doing any young person a favor? What kind of person rules that it's "unfair" to require high school graduates, who must now attempt to make a living, to display rudimentary math and English skills?

Here's hoping all the plaintiffs and the judge, too, are proud for having secured students' "right" to graduate with no skills that will enable them to work for a better life. Congratulations on that great victory. Really.

2 Comments:

Blogger R Platt said...

Way to go judge . . . now, just keep all of those academically incompetent, future social welfare cases in California. If that state doesn't find a way to remove those omnipotent judges and demolish their imperial court system, the democratic process in that state will soon be only a vague memory.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

As I understand it, it's seniors being required to achieve a 60% grade on 8th grade math and 10th grade English. If they're seniors, a 60% should be had with their eyes closed.

10:00 PM  

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