The Denton Record-Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor pertaining to the May 27 primary runoff elections. Letters must follow all regular submission rules. Primary runoff election letters must be received in this office by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15; none will be published after Tuesday, May 20.
“Almost 80 percent of fifth- and-eighth-graders passed the Texas standardized math test ... while more than 75 percent passed the reading exam.” [DRC, April 25].
The engineer in me is troubled with this laissez-faire. More than 20 percent failed to pass the math test and almost 25 percent did not pass the reading exam. Two out of 10 students were deficient in math, or reading, or both. Should anyone be proud of such results?
The state could change the way it determines grades, like some schools want to do. Grade the test-takers on effort, or other subjective determinations. Is 2 + 2 = 4 the only correct answer, or would 2 + 2 = 5 be acceptable since the student “tried?”
Is Abraham Lincoln an acceptable answer to the question: “Who was the first president of the U.S.?” After all, at least the test-taker knew that he was a president. And he tried. (Tongue in cheek).
What would the proposed Denton school district grading system do to improve the education of future generations?
Will it entice all teachers to be excited, devoted, engaged and capable classroom educators? Will all students be challenged? Will it get the parents to be responsible and involved?
“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Either by leaving some behind, or worse, boring potential high-achievers by lowering expectations and curriculum for the entire class? The loss of any mind is as important today to the country’s educational complex — as it was in 1972. How many have been wasted?