Don’t lower standards for public schools
December 12, 2012 12:00 AM | 986 views | 5 5 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Georgia and by downstream association, Cobb County and Marietta, education systems continue to be maligned and noted as lower ranked in proficiency for bringing our students to top-shelf performers. Nationally, the rating mavens suggest that Georgia lacks the performance standards to be taken as a serious contributor to preparing students for future growth.

I would challenge the measurement standards created by many other states as not being of the same caliber as those utilized in our school districts. This issue is a moving target as criteria for measurement is adjusted to present a rosy picture elsewhere, whereas our districts strive to positively fulfill needs of our students. Earning state charter status, creating alternate learning curricula, designing enhanced career pathways and community engagement are but a very few examples of the leadership and hard work presented by our school systems’ educators.

Success is measured by spawning new heights to overcome and not by lowering the standards to be cosmetically pleasing.

Larry Ceminsky

Marietta
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Lot of words
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December 12, 2012
Lot of words

don't say much of anything.
larry ceminsky
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December 12, 2012
I guess my letter did not cause you to think about how successful our school system has been in creating better ideas
Lower standards?
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December 12, 2012
I am sorry to say that I think there are too many things that are wrong in our educational system to mention in a reply. For one thing, the curriculum is very flawed. For another, this business of trying to push everyone into college is ridiculous and shows a shocking lack of knowledge about people, in general. Why not have a vocational high school? Teach these kids how to use their hands, make a good living and become true members of society? At the moment, those types of jobs go wanting, for lack of training.
AmericanMale
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December 12, 2012
Have you looked at the current curriculum? It addresses EXACTLY what you're talking about!

BTW, did you know a diesel mechanic can earn six figures? If success is defined as being a self-reliant contributing member of society, that seems like a really good way to succeed for many students.

The CCSD SPLOST also addresses ramping up facilities to support the new curriculum options for students as well.

"College and career readiness" is the phrase they use to describe these goals, fwiw.
larry ceminsky
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December 12, 2012
Marietta has responded with their alternative learning and new career pathways
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