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Debate renews: State mulls over grad requirements

April 15, 2013

LANSING (AP) — Some Michigan lawmakers are making another attempt to change the state’s high school graduation requirements, which they argue do not provide flexibility to allow students to pursue......

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Apr-15-13 4:39 PM

This is another one of those, "We did it to ourselves" kinda thing.. Folks and Society have been preaching for years that, "To get a good job, you need a good education, oh.. and a college degree.." Can't get hired without a High School Diploma! Your resume' looks like dog waste without a degree plastered on it.. so, you search the internet.. find that site that will SELL you a degree in whatever field you want.. read a few books.. fake the interview.. and.. YER IN!

Seriously though.. we're slowly coming back around to the need to teach the younger 'soon to be working body' the basic skills needed to actually be of worth in the working world.. Start with 'ethics'.. you know.. that 'willingness' to get your hands dirty and work without supervision.. next.. teach them to make change in currency.. not read it off the cash register and hand it back to the customer as if.. durrr!.. here's yer change lady!.. Teach them some people skills as well.. courtesy

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Apr-15-13 11:59 AM

The world needs plumbers, carpenters, and welders, too, and to be successful in these trades (which pay very well, by the way) students need to understand mathematical and scientific principles. However, to put all students on a college-prep track is a disservice to students who want to go into the trades. Those students would be better served by applied math and science courses rather than college-prep algebra 2, for example. The intent of the MMC is laudable, but the unintended consequence is to make high school much more difficult for those students in the middle of the academic spectrum. The college-bound high achievers do very well, and those with special needs get additional help. The hard-working students in the middle are the ones who are hurt the most by trying to put all the various shapes and sizes of “pegs” into the same round hole.

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Apr-15-13 11:36 AM

"The world needs ditch diggers too." Judge Smails

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