Our education bureaucracy is certifiably crazy......every year they tell us that NOW they have the answer. Forget last year's disaster or the one before that. THIS YEAR will be different. Karl Dean and Phil Bredesen clearly never believed this yearly PR parade, they explicitly chose NOT to have their children attend Metro Nashville Public Schools but somehow they expect us to swallow it all, hook, line, and sinker....or maybe deep down they don't really expect us to believe what they know is wrong, that seems like a more likely explanation.
The state Board of Education this morning approved new and tougher standards for Tennessee students as well as did away with the Gateway exams, a series of tests required for students to get a diploma.
The tougher standards include math all four years of high school and taking chemistry or physics in addition to biology.
These requirements will go into effect in the 2009-10 school year and will affect current 7th graders.[...]
"They are rigorous but they are doable," said Gary Nixon, executive director of the state board. "What we want students to do is to develop their minds, and think critically ... and to better assure that when our student graduate from high school, they are truly prepared." (Ben's note: didn't "we" want that last year and the year before and the year before that?)