Teachers have a job to teach; whether teachers do a good job or not, the student responsibility is to learn. The students and their families are responsible for the students' achieving sucessful educations, not the teachers.
Complaining about teachers failing students is not acceptable for alleviating the students job to learn.
Channeling students into different levels of learning is very common in the intellectual classes such as English, math, and science. I would like to see the same honors classes for people with talented hands and eagle-eyes.
Additional higher education should be feed by these honors programs for factory floor managers and the technicians working with engineers.
Wasting the high school years wastes both money and time.
- Standard tests mean you can count on someone to know the minimums. If it takes all year to learn the minimums than that's what is needed. What is important to the country is not a decision every teacher or school district should be making.
- Having a common core means better communications. Too many allusions are falling out of style therefore limiting the manner people communicate person-to-person. It puts too many between a rock and a hard place.