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Offline bwl2

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Rant on Ohio's education system
« on: March 26, 2008, 09:58:26 am »
Theres no such thing as an ideal education system.
     That said the American college entrance system needs work. GPAs are inflated to the point that most colleges now require 3.75 GPA unless there is some kind of extraordinary circumstance.Today parents are offended if their children do not receive a 3.0. Correct me if I'm wrong but a 2.0 was intended to be average. The schools that give out these high GPAs to students who don't deserve them put other highschools into an odd position. If they don't increase their students' GPAs then colleges might not accept their graduates, but if they do they feed a never ending cycle.
    One could argue that the SATs/ACTs have been put into place to make this a non-issue. These tests are given out to all incoming college freshmen and rank them against their peers. This is an attempt to make an objective basis on which to judge the students because of the GPA inflation. It goes without saying that two tests really are not the best way to judge the worth of one's education over the course of 4 years. It has been proven time and again that the tests are somewhat biased. It is also hard to deny that some people are not good test takers.
  The newest attempt to discover the value of a student's education in Ohio is the OGT. (Ohio graduation test) Every 2nd year highschool student must take this test in order to graduate with a diploma senior year. When I took this test 2 years ago, the requirement to pass any section was around a 50%. If a student does not pass the test they may retake the test 5 times before the end of their senior year. After that they cannot graduate with a normal diploma. 2 of the top students in a school a few miles from my home did not receive a diploma this year due to the OGT. A sad testament to the school systems in my area.
  Without the OGT those two "top students" supposedly representing the top percentile of the school would have certainly gained some kind of sholarship to a college they were obviously not ready for.
The OGT has simply highlighted the weakness of the school systems. It has not repaired any of the damage. As a senior in Ohio's high school system, I wonder what the value of my diploma is.
And that is my 2 cents. ::)


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