My Newswithviews Column, Aug. 12 (‘A High School Diploma… For Nothing’)

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I’m still reeling from the news that the state of Oregon has voted to toss academic standards out their high school windows for the next five years: you won’t need to learn reading, writing, or math to get a high school diploma.

Yo, minorities! They’re doing this because they think you’re too dumb to meet ordinary academy standards. You need a big boost from white liberals!

A High School Diploma… For Nothing

If this is not offensive, what is? And meanwhile, what about those kids who’ll be sitting in the classroom for four whole years without any requirement to learn anything? 

This is robbery. Robbing Oregon’s taxpayers. Taking their money–by force, if need be–and giving nothing in return.

If liberals don’t destroy us in the next year or two, it won’t be because they didn’t try.

13 comments on “My Newswithviews Column, Aug. 12 (‘A High School Diploma… For Nothing’)

  1. The Left consistently forgets one thing, and that is the fact that not everyone agrees with their nonsense and there who disagree use their free will, regardless of what the PC crowd has to say.

    So, in this case, what they have really done is to set the bar so low, that a high school diploma becomes meaningless. Years ago, I applied for a job, and was handed a test of basic math and reading skills. It was simple stuff, but amazingly, many applicants couldn’t pass it. I predict that diplomas will eventually become all but obsolete for this very reason.

    If I were an employer and had a job opening which required only the basic skills one should have mastered in high school, but I knew that high school diplomas were given to anyone that showed up, I would not place much weight on the mere fact that an applicant had a diploma. Instead, I would devise a way of determining the basic skill level of an applicant through either testing, rigorous questions or practical demonstrations. In my field, this already happens. Every job I’ve applied for has involved some practical assessments, and when I was a hiring manager, I would actually bring certain pieces of hardware into the interview and ask the applicant questions about it. It was amazing, because even educated people sometimes proved to be helpless in a hands on test.

    1. You would’ve loved my Uncle Ferdie. He worked for RCA, was an inventor with several dozen patents–and could build just about anything from scratch. I used to love watching him and my father take apart the TV set, fix whatever was wrong with it, and put it back together.

    2. I read Wally Schirra’s biography, and he spoke of his admiration for the tech sergeants he knew in the military. These weren’t degreed engineers, but they had exceptional understanding of very technical systems.

      In a way the change in educational paradigms is already happening. If someone is just out of high school and looking for a way to make a good living, work in a skilled trade might pay better than many of the college options. An electrician or welder may make more money than many of the careers that a college graduate could hope to have.

  2. They’re preparing the drones who will do the State’s bidding.
    I was going to do an allusion to “The Time Machines,” but I wasn’t sure whether the students were being prepared to be Eloi or Morlocks.

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