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Lowering the Bar: New Mexico Proposes Relaxed Standards for High School Grads
Fox News Insider ^ | Jan 12, 2014 11:58 AM

Posted on 01/12/2014 2:02:18 PM PST by Olog-hai

New Mexico lawmakers want to lower the bar for high school graduates. The state already has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country.

The new plan establishes two kinds of diplomas—the current diploma of “excellence,” and a “general” one. …

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: arth; dumbingdown; highschool; hsdiploma; newmexico; publicschools; secondclass

1 posted on 01/12/2014 2:02:18 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Well, that will help...not at all.

I was in NM recently and I know that they they have a great, willing population, but one that is very poor because for many years the Indian reservations (of which there are many) had no income except welfare from the federal government. Now a lot of casino money is flowing back into the tribes, so they actually have decent housing and I think have higher goals.

There are some pueblos that still have Franciscans or other orders, but a lot of the pueblo children elsewhere are just bussed to the local school (it’s not necessarily close, they’re just in that district).

There’s no way the state should lower the standards.


2 posted on 01/12/2014 2:09:51 PM PST by livius
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To: Olog-hai

I remember my New Mexico High School class was the first one to graduate under toughened standards in 1990. New Mexico is going backwards.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 2:10:03 PM PST by Redcitizen (Never bring a tank to a Chuck Norris fight.)
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To: Olog-hai

If the standards become any more relaxed...let’s just call it *daycare* instead of school.


4 posted on 01/12/2014 2:10:15 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Olog-hai

There exists nothing so worthless that it cannot be cheapened even more be a progressive.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 2:14:38 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Olog-hai

The excellence vs. general is the standard in most areas. The excellence one looks like the extra math and science classes college bound students need.

However, letting schools set their own passing grades is a bit of an eye brow raiser. Let’s make 25 a passing grade!


6 posted on 01/12/2014 2:22:49 PM PST by bgill
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To: Olog-hai
Lowering the Bar: New Mexico Proposes Relaxed Standards for High School Grads

Dropping their ABCs in favor of their EBTs...

7 posted on 01/12/2014 2:24:59 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: bgill

There was a place in Miss/Ala where they were going to have lower passing grades for blacks and not for whites.


8 posted on 01/12/2014 2:27:10 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Is tha Sparta, Miss? From “In the Heat of the Night” TV?


9 posted on 01/12/2014 2:33:35 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Olog-hai

Maybe it would make sense to eliminate the whole concept of “graduation.” Instead, schools could simply issue a transcript showing the classes the student completed, and his grades. Prospective employers or colleges could have published standards, and the students could tailor their course loads to reach the goals they set for themselves.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 2:41:30 PM PST by Tax-chick (Tell the mad chameleon he's not welcome anymore.)
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To: bgill
The excellence vs. general is the standard in most areas. The excellence one looks like the extra math and science classes college bound students need.

Well, when the students start having trouble meeting the "Excellence" standard, I suppose we'll reduce that to "Pretty Darned Good".

11 posted on 01/12/2014 3:03:03 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: SumProVita

Soon it will be if they can walk and breath they will pass.

If they can walk, breath and chew gum at the same time they will placed on the honor role.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 3:05:12 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Tax-chick

“All calculations based on experience elsewhere, fail in New Mexico.”

~ Lew Wallace, early Territorial Governor and author of Ben Hur.

It hasn’t changed.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 3:05:53 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

A bit player in the “Billy the Kid” legend. I never have read his book; I wonder if it’s in my local library.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 3:21:37 PM PST by Tax-chick (Tell the mad chameleon he's not welcome anymore.)
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To: Olog-hai

Those kids can have a rewarding career as meth dealers.

I hear there was a recent opening in NM from a guy that decided to call it quits.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 3:22:01 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: livius

.........correct, just another form of democratic party slavery............


16 posted on 01/12/2014 3:28:50 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Olog-hai

This is NOT the NM schools I went to back in the early 1960s! Those schools were good! Artesia, Clayton, Tatum, Carlsbad.


17 posted on 01/12/2014 3:37:47 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Tax-chick

He also wrote THE FAIR GOD which I read back about 1964. It was supposed to be made into a movie but was never done.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 3:39:51 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Olog-hai

They should have a third level of diploma for those who can’t manage to get the “general” diploma. Call it the “Democrat” diploma. Don’t want anyone to feel bad.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 3:40:09 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“Ben-Hur” is in our county library. “The Fair God” isn’t.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 3:42:43 PM PST by Tax-chick (Tell the mad chameleon he's not welcome anymore.)
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To: chiefqc

In some places it’s pretty much that way now.

(sigh)


21 posted on 01/12/2014 3:51:59 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Olog-hai

they could save a lot of money and just get rid og high schools. teachers could become freelance neighnorhood tutors for hire.


22 posted on 01/12/2014 4:37:51 PM PST by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: bravo whiskey

That would be utterly against communist plank number 10, “Free education for all children in public schools”. Anything resembling bourgeois non-communism has to be stamped out, remember?


23 posted on 01/12/2014 5:03:29 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

What this country needs is a “Dumbing Down Czar” to make sure America’s children will all fail equally.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 5:38:23 PM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: Olog-hai

There you go. Take that general diploma to the university, get affirmative action help, get gifted with a diploma so you can be our next Supreme Court Justice, or another slacker appointee lofted by the Democrats to defeat our Constitution and weaken our nation.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 5:56:30 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: TigersEye

The General diploma is the Democrat’s diploma.

“When all else fails, we’ll just print you up something that looks official, and you won’t have to feel bad for being a stupid parasite for the rest of your slacker life.”


26 posted on 01/12/2014 5:58:07 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

bttt


27 posted on 01/12/2014 5:58:32 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Olog-hai

Striving for excellence is a thing of the past. Mediocrity is now our highest goal.

This downward trend began with the advent of the Department of Education many years ago. Check it out.

Get rid of the DOE and let States take complete control. Then watch results begin to improve.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 6:08:51 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

East NM. Much different world.


29 posted on 01/12/2014 6:12:09 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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To: DoughtyOne

LOL


30 posted on 01/12/2014 6:27:10 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Olog-hai

Ah yes, New Mexico “home” of the “colonoscopy traffic stop.”

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/06/justice/new-mexico-search-lawsuit/


31 posted on 01/12/2014 6:42:23 PM PST by vette6387
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To: TigersEye

:^)


32 posted on 01/12/2014 7:39:09 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: Olog-hai; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

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33 posted on 01/15/2014 11:02:39 AM PST by metmom ( ...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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34 posted on 01/17/2014 9:44:46 AM PST by CedarDave (Fox News - Obama couldn't sign up for healthcare because the system couldn't verify his identity!)
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