Looking over North Carolina’s new educational policy that winged itself in with the GOP flip this legislative session, I came across this which struck me as rather a silly argument.

The North Carolina College Board sets an SAT score of 1550 as the benchmark for college- and career-readiness. With a score of 1475, the average North Carolina student falls short of that standard. And though SAT participation has risen slightly over the last six years, performance has steadily declined.

They provide a nice graph. with details.

As one can see the number of students being forced to take the SAT as climbed by 20%.  One must assume all the good students were taking the test originally to go to college.  Therefore the increase in number has to come from those would not go to college.  So of course the average score will drop.  Average means the middle range of all the test scores taken that year.

Using this to say education is no good, is very misleading.

It is as if you made some delicious, nutritious, homemade lemonade,  by putting one lemon, one cup of sugar, and 4 cups of cool spring water…  Then, you taste it, and go…. AHHHHHHHHH.   You yourself then put in another full cup of water…   You taste it:

WTF!  THIS IS WEAK!  IT’S TERRIBLE! IT’S DISGUSTING!  THAT RECIPE IS GARBAGE… THROW IT AWAY AND LETS FIND A NEW RECIPE ON THE INTERNET.   AND DON’T EVER MAKE MY LEMONADE AGAIN, YOU HEAR!

Educational reforms can only use sly off the wall tricks, because in truth, according to the Nation’s Report Card, the NAEP, student’s scores are continuously rising.  

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In fact, before accepting the verdicts of education reformers,  you should demand to know their test scores they took to get into college.  Very likely, their scores were far under those of they students they admonish as being ignorant stupidoes …. today.

Think of what they say, before you sign on.  They’re tricksters.

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