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New Rules For Tracking High-School Dropouts (Sans Musical)

If High School Musical was real (and I wish it was, it would actually have made for fascinating reality TV) at least one kid on the poster wouldn't be tossing any cap at all. High-school dropout rates now show one out of every four students not graduating, and 7,000 students drop out every day. Under new regulations for reporting announced today, schools will have to report graduation rates for all students — including minorities and students with disabilities, which have a dropout rate as high as one in three.

The new ruling is an attempt to extend No Child Left Behind to upper grades and was announced today by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. She said, "We haven't really tackled high-school accountability, and this is a giant step toward doing that."

To see what the new rules include,

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Among the new rules: schools have to track dropout rates along with graduates and transfers using a uniform reporting system. Starting with the 2012 school year, schools will have to meet progress targets or face a penalty. Spellings says this is a problem not to be taken lightly, "What's going on right now in our high schools is that kids, lots and lots of minority kids, don't get to the 10th grade. Rome is burning."

Will reporting dropouts, including extreme cases like the school in LA where that encompasses a majority of the students, put the fire out?

Photo courtesy of Disney

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Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I think selfishness is definitely one of the evil impulses of human nature, as it's what leads to doing whatever one wants without regard to how that might negatively affect another.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Hi, I don't believe selfishness is evil, that's why I separated them as two different things. I believe it's wrong to live a purely selfish existence, but evil? No. Perhaps you have a different definition of 'good' than most because you're afraid the normal definition wouldn't include yourself.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Hi, I don't believe selfishness is evil, that's why I separated them as two different things. I believe it's wrong to live a purely selfish existence, but evil? No. Perhaps you have a different definition of 'good' than most because you're afraid the normal definition wouldn't include yourself.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
I never said good is subjective (I would never say such a thing). If you're going to respond to my posts, please actually respond to the things I write -- don't just throw your thoughts in there and pretend I said them, otherwise what's the point? And it definitely does not come down to how you treat others, though, yes, most would agree, but that's because most don't have any other skills. Also, I find it ironic that a self-professed capitalist believes selfishness is evil. Is it hard living in contradictions, Michelin? Or is you're reality already flexible enough you just bend it over your glaring discrepancies so even you don't notice anymore?
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
I never said good is subjective (I would never say such a thing).If you're going to respond to my posts, please actually respond to the things I write -- don't just throw your thoughts in there and pretend I said them, otherwise what's the point? And it definitely does not come down to how you treat others, though, yes, most would agree, but that's because most don't have any other skills.Also, I find it ironic that a self-professed capitalist believes selfishness is evil.Is it hard living in contradictions, Michelin? Or is you're reality already flexible enough you just bend it over your glaring discrepancies so even you don't notice anymore?
Michelann Michelann 7 years
"When I said educated people are better people, I meant BETTER as in greater than otherwise. Education gives you more skills, more abilities, more opportunities. Educated citizens are better than the non-educated because they can DO MORE," Nobody is trying to devalue education. I think we can all agree that an academic education will make a person more effective,but the problem comes when you use the term 'better'. As you said before, what makes a person 'good' is subjective, but I think most would agree that it comes down to how you treat others. An ivy league education does not make a person more likely to be kind. Perhaps I should explain what I mean by 'more effective'. If a person wants to do good, an education will make that easier. However, if a person wants to do evil, or only pursue selfish wants, then an education will also make that easier. Academic education does not make good and bad people.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
"When I said educated people are better people, I meant BETTER as in greater than otherwise. Education gives you more skills, more abilities, more opportunities. Educated citizens are better than the non-educated because they can DO MORE,"Nobody is trying to devalue education. I think we can all agree that an academic education will make a person more effective,but the problem comes when you use the term 'better'. As you said before, what makes a person 'good' is subjective, but I think most would agree that it comes down to how you treat others. An ivy league education does not make a person more likely to be kind. Perhaps I should explain what I mean by 'more effective'. If a person wants to do good, an education will make that easier. However, if a person wants to do evil, or only pursue selfish wants, then an education will also make that easier. Academic education does not make good and bad people.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
did my comment get deleted? I'm sure I replied to this.. Here we go again: If you're waiting for me to justify abuse with an ivy degree, you'll be here a long, long time. Just because I believe intelligence is the greatest human virtue, doesn't mean I don't think there exist any others. It also doesn't mean I believe it surpasses all others, and I'd be the very last to insist it exists in the absence of all others, and this is its necessary state of existence. The notion that I would believe a high IQ absolves one from criminal behavior says a lot more about YOUR inability to form rational judgments, not my own. You misunderstood me, or you're pretending you did so you can bring up some tragic example from the handful of stupid people you're acquainted with. Just like intelligence, violence is not a subjective issue. In any instance that it's employed for anything but self-defense, it's wrong. Period. There's no "sometimes" or "occasionally" or "for some people", it's just wrong, end of story. For a person to go to the extreme of hurting the ones they supposedly love, commits a treason against their own professed emotions. It's a contradiction unless a) violence is morally right or b) they don't really love their family. (the answer is b). Now, I'd like to say spousal abuse is unrelated to a person's level of education, but if you wish to find the statistics of the pair, you'll find that the less educated like to beat the shit out of each other a lot more often. Your story is an anomaly, an exception to the general trend. So daddy was "educated", maybe at an online university, maybe he cheated through his exams -- or maybe his IQ was really off the scale and he'd put Einstein to shame. Doesn't make it okay for him to kick the shit out of his family. Intelligence is not a get-out-of-jail-free-card. It's not a pass that puts a person above all other objective moral law, or state/federal law, for that matter. When I said educated people are better people, I meant BETTER as in greater than otherwise. Education gives you more skills, more abilities, more opportunities. Educated citizens are better than the non-educated because they can DO MORE, not because it's a ticket into a magical land where you'll never commit another wrong in your life. People do dumb things, even with Harvard degrees -- this does NOT devalue a Harvard degree. Some intelligent people will commit crimes regardless of how smart they are -- this doesn't mean knowledge is a wasted pursuit. Can a person be a good person without education? Probably. But they can be a BETTER person with it. That's all I'm saying.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
did my comment get deleted? I'm sure I replied to this..Here we go again:If you're waiting for me to justify abuse with an ivy degree, you'll be here a long, long time.Just because I believe intelligence is the greatest human virtue, doesn't mean I don't think there exist any others. It also doesn't mean I believe it surpasses all others, and I'd be the very last to insist it exists in the absence of all others, and this is its necessary state of existence.The notion that I would believe a high IQ absolves one from criminal behavior says a lot more about YOUR inability to form rational judgments, not my own. You misunderstood me, or you're pretending you did so you can bring up some tragic example from the handful of stupid people you're acquainted with. Just like intelligence, violence is not a subjective issue. In any instance that it's employed for anything but self-defense, it's wrong. Period. There's no "sometimes" or "occasionally" or "for some people", it's just wrong, end of story. For a person to go to the extreme of hurting the ones they supposedly love, commits a treason against their own professed emotions. It's a contradiction unless a) violence is morally right or b) they don't really love their family.(the answer is b).Now, I'd like to say spousal abuse is unrelated to a person's level of education, but if you wish to find the statistics of the pair, you'll find that the less educated like to beat the shit out of each other a lot more often. Your story is an anomaly, an exception to the general trend. So daddy was "educated", maybe at an online university, maybe he cheated through his exams -- or maybe his IQ was really off the scale and he'd put Einstein to shame. Doesn't make it okay for him to kick the shit out of his family. Intelligence is not a get-out-of-jail-free-card. It's not a pass that puts a person above all other objective moral law, or state/federal law, for that matter.When I said educated people are better people, I meant BETTER as in greater than otherwise. Education gives you more skills, more abilities, more opportunities. Educated citizens are better than the non-educated because they can DO MORE, not because it's a ticket into a magical land where you'll never commit another wrong in your life. People do dumb things, even with Harvard degrees -- this does NOT devalue a Harvard degree.Some intelligent people will commit crimes regardless of how smart they are -- this doesn't mean knowledge is a wasted pursuit. Can a person be a good person without education? Probably.But they can be a BETTER person with it. That's all I'm saying.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Trixie, perhaps a few years at Yale or Harvard would have kept that man from beating his wife and kids. You can judge him all you want for being violent towards innocent people, but your opinion of him is subjective, and therefore meaningless. At least, that's how Hithatsmybike sees it.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Trixie, perhaps a few years at Yale or Harvard would have kept that man from beating his wife and kids. You can judge him all you want for being violent towards innocent people, but your opinion of him is subjective, and therefore meaningless. At least, that's how Hithatsmybike sees it.
Trixie6 Trixie6 7 years
hithatsmybike - You said that "Intelligent people are better people". My best friend from high school was married to a man with two masters degrees & a high six figure income. By all accounts, he's very intelligent. He also beat the shit out of her and two of their three kids on a regular basis. His son was just released from the hospital and will have to be homeschooled for the remainder of this school year. My friend's mom has moved in with her to take care of her son and help with his homeschooling. Her ex-husband is taking her back to court to reduce the amount of child support he pays because his son "won't need outside childcare." BTW - my friend also has a masters degree.
Trixie6 Trixie6 7 years
hithatsmybike - You said that "Intelligent people are better people". My best friend from high school was married to a man with two masters degrees & a high six figure income. By all accounts, he's very intelligent. He also beat the shit out of her and two of their three kids on a regular basis. His son was just released from the hospital and will have to be homeschooled for the remainder of this school year. My friend's mom has moved in with her to take care of her son and help with his homeschooling. Her ex-husband is taking her back to court to reduce the amount of child support he pays because his son "won't need outside childcare." BTW - my friend also has a masters degree.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
But it's only skewed by your standards, which are completely subjective, and therefore meaningless. It doesn't bother me, most people have flexible morals in an objective universe. I'm quite used to it.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
But it's only skewed by your standards, which are completely subjective, and therefore meaningless.It doesn't bother me, most people have flexible morals in an objective universe. I'm quite used to it.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
You're right. I won't take your opinion of the mentally handicapped seriously. Just like I wouldn't take it seriously when a person who has such a seriously skewed idea of what makes a human being "good" decides to morally condemn me.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
It's not pride, I just don't feel guilty for my stance on the issue -- despite how unpopular it is or makes me -- so I'm not afraid to state it without reservation. Regardless of how I feel about the uneducated or mentally handicapped, I don't get in their way. I don't attack them or protest against them, I just acknowledge they exist, recognize their existence is in no way relevant to my own, and move on. My feelings are inconsequential to their existence, and yours, so I wouldn't bother caring about it if I were you. Some people are born mentally handicapped and they can't do anything about it. Removing languages and calculus from the core curriculum is a method of actively and unnecessarily handicapping people. That is much, much worse, Michelin.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
It's not pride, I just don't feel guilty for my stance on the issue -- despite how unpopular it is or makes me -- so I'm not afraid to state it without reservation. Regardless of how I feel about the uneducated or mentally handicapped, I don't get in their way. I don't attack them or protest against them, I just acknowledge they exist, recognize their existence is in no way relevant to my own, and move on.My feelings are inconsequential to their existence, and yours, so I wouldn't bother caring about it if I were you. Some people are born mentally handicapped and they can't do anything about it. Removing languages and calculus from the core curriculum is a method of actively and unnecessarily handicapping people. That is much, much worse, Michelin.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Hithats, I value those things, however, I think 'necessity' is a strong word. I've stated that over and over again. I think it's much sadder when somebody is actually proud of having contempt for the 'uneducated' and mentally handicapped.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Hithats, I value those things, however, I think 'necessity' is a strong word. I've stated that over and over again. I think it's much sadder when somebody is actually proud of having contempt for the 'uneducated' and mentally handicapped.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 7 years
as sad as your opinions of second languages and calculus?
Michelann Michelann 7 years
I'm really glad that the Sugar site stopped working for me last night, because reading some of those comments made me sad for the world.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
Bye :wave:
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
Bye :wave:
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
Probably...we definitely integrate, almost anything that is partisan, into who we are. We turn the argument into us versus them and not this issue versus that. We turn someones attack of the issue into an attack of ourselves.
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