There was a recent Wall Street Journal article with the headline, "When High Schools Try Getting Tough, Parents Fight Back." The premise of the article is that across America it seems that parents are resisting the efforts to make high school more rigorous. The authors list numerous examples where parents fight the school districts attempts to raise standards and provide more application oriented assignments. It seems that many of those complaining simply want their children to get good grades and have a good GPA so they can get into good colleges. They weren't bashing parents, just explaining that most parents didn't want high school to be more difficult.
This article appeared before the recent national governor's conference was held. At this conference the governors decided that making high schools more rigorous throughout the country was a major initiative for each state.
This article preceded the recent Speakout Columns in the newspaper complaining about the extra pressure students are under to read books and take quizzes in the Accelerated Reader programs operating in many schools today.
My question to the staff and community is....."Do you think the majority of parents really want the rigorous standards and constant testing that the national and state leaders are pushing?"
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