Skip to comments.Legislators want students who canít read to be held back
Posted on 01/25/2014 4:20:31 PM PST by kingattax
A state lawmaker from Perkins County (South Dakota) wants to require that first- and second-grade students show they are proficient at reading before they can advance to the next grade.
I brought the bill at the request of my school board in Eagle Butte, Rep. Betty Olson, R-Prairie City, said.
The House Education Committee hasnt scheduled a hearing yet for HB 1067. The bill doesnt name a specific assessment or test that should be used.
Theyll have to figure that out, Olson said.
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Try this in Detroit and see what happens.
Will be hailed as a great idea until the first minority student is held back; then the SHTF
How about politicians who can’t and won’t read bills like the DeathCare bill before they voted YES??? It’s appropriate for them to be sent packing in 2014 by We The People, ya think?
Why do we need a law for this? This used to be school/district policy when I grew up. There were probably half a dozen kids or more who got held back in our journey from 1st through 12th grade. (that’s out of a graduating class of about 230)
I had this exact thought! Complete neglect of duty!!!
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This was snuck into a “comprehensive” education reform bill introduced and passed on the last day of legislative business about ten or fifteen years ago here in Missouri. I say “snuck”, because like Obamacare, no one had actually read the bill. Anyway about 3 months later, the feature was discovered. Children who could not read at the third-grade level would not be allowed into fourth grade.
People started doing the math. Next year’s third grade would be nearly twice as big as this year’s while fourth grade classes would be much smaller. In a few years elementary schools would find more than half of their student bodies in third gradesome of them might be shaving!
So, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education told schools that they could just ignore that part of the education reform bill (sound familiar?) until the General Assembly came to its senses and repealed that provisionwhich they eventually did.
As good as the idea might soundrequiring students to be able to actually read at grade level before being passed onthere would be some school districts that would have few, if any high school students, let alone high school graduates. And much more importantly, what would it do to the sports programs?
I know this is South Dakota, but for a lot of schools, if it covered more than 1st or 2nd grade, there would be a lot of hold back kids. Even 11th and 12th graders.
So state lawmaker Betty Olson's bill is a good example of the proposed exercising of unique state powers.
Also, since we're talking about basic educational standards, all early grade school students should be taught to demonstrate basic proficiency in the following.
Regarding the federal government's constitutionally limited powers, young children probably aren't going to get a grip on such ideas right away. However, teachers could teach simple things like the school building was paid for and built by the local community, while aircraft carriers were paid for by the whole nation.
NOT LIKELY IN CALIFORNIA...
Why do legislators even NEED to address this issue? Aren’t illiterate kids ALREADY held back?!??!
“And much more importantly, what would it do to the sports programs?”
I dunno, but my guess is Detroits 3rd grade basketball team would be legendary.
This will definitely be deemed racist because it falls mainly on children of minorities. Yes, even in South Dakota.
You’re very right that it wouldn’t be tolerated in Detroit even though the illiteracy rate is probably much worse there. In Detroit even the ‘teachers’ are functionally illiterate.
Absolutely not! Illiterate 'kids' are given high school diplomas these days just because they showed up to school enough days. They can't read or do even simple math, they know nothing at all about science or physics and they still get a high school diploma.... But they can slam dunk a basketball.
Does that mean he could graduate without being able to read"?? They replied "We have a no fail policy".
In other words, YES.
We took him out and homeschooled him. He was able to read after one year at a 5th grade level (Tested).
The school system said he would never go to college.
He graduated from Valley Forge Military Colleges with an associates in Criminology.
Fooey on the Liberal School Systems.
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Good point. Couldn’t agree more.