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Editorial: Do something about dismal graduation rates

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To the thousands of young people who are graduating from high school: Congratulations. Congratulations, as well to the families and friends who have supported each of the graduates as they tackled algebra, world history, gym class and music theory. Despite the increasing importance society places on college degrees, a high school diploma remains a noteworthy achievement. Credit also needs to be extended to the teachers, the principals, the coaches and all the other educational support ...

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June 25, 2012
12:45 a.m.

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"the fact remains that too many students are walking away from their education without a diploma."

Which is as it should be. If they don't know the work, they shouldn't graduate.
They aren't "walking away from their education", because they don't have an education to walk away from.

It's unfair to devalue everyone else's diploma by giving one to those who merely just show up.

July 1, 2012
1:45 a.m.

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180 days of school = 49% of the year; society places a low importance on schooling and the lesson is learned. What is the problem?