Year 11 standards lowered so it is easy to pass!

@jennybianca (12912)
Australia
April 18, 2008 12:20am CST
In my city of Adelaide, schools have admitted to making year 11 easier for students. They get easier exams & are allowed to skip classes. All this is to boost their self esteem & give them better results. An editorial comment has been published, slamming this poor practise. I can confirm that not only is this happening in year 11, but at years 8, 9 and ten too. I know this because my step son is in one of those schools that has lower expectations. I completely disagree with this practise. It is totally unrealistic to allow a student to think that she/he is doing well just by turning up at lessons & doing assignments at a low level standard. It does not teach them any work habits, setting time limits, thinking, researching & improving themselves. It is also very unfair compared to students in schools who do have to work hard & do exams to get a good mark. Here is the editorial comment: http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,23557707-5006336,00.html I feel like writing a comment to the editor. Would you? What is your experience of high school expectations?
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@faith210 (11232)
• Philippines
18 Apr 08
Hi jennybianca! I completely agree with your opinion on this my friend. I believe that in boosting a student self esteem doesn't mean you have to lower the standard or the quality of education. There are other ways to boost their confidence. Because if you lower the standards and make them believe that they are doing well despite that they don't, the school is just producing students who are under achievers. Setting rules and regulations are also form of discipline. What I really am driving at is high school is a preparation to a more intensive education which is college. The youth should have a strong foundation on education and discipline. If this won't be formed in high school, how can they achieve a great result when they are in college or when they are facing the real world after school? Maybe to a few this kind of set up will work but to a greater few, I don't think that lowering the expectations will yield a great result. Just my thoughts. take care and have a nice day!
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@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
19 Apr 08
My thought are your thoughts! I completely agree. The Education Department saying they are doing this "to meet the needs of the students".
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@faith210 (11232)
• Philippines
19 Apr 08
Hi jennybianca! Glad to know we are thinking the same on this! Take care and have a nice day!
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@aseretdd (13732)
• Philippines
18 Apr 08
I experienced teaching in a school that lowered it standards just to please the parents... it is a so called International School... that caters to foreigners and the richest family in town... those who made it to the top 3 honor roll are like only the average students in the first school that i taught in... I think this sort of strategy is giving the students a false sense of achievement... and i don't think they will be able to cope up with the demands of college... if that is how they are being treated in high school...
@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
18 Apr 08
In your situation it was to please the parents. In our situation it is t0 please the students, and partly, the parents. In both cases it is very wrong. I agree with all your comments.
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@aseretdd (13732)
• Philippines
8 May 08
Thanks for the best response mark...
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
23 Apr 08
Wow, this comes to me as a shocking surprise, Jenny. I went to high school in Queensland in the 70's and our standards were so high American exchange students were having a hard time. And they were the smart ones. When I came to the USA I was in the 10th grade. With all the credits/grades from Australia transferred the school here placed me as a sophomore (2nd year) in college. Hopefully this practise of lower expectations will not last.
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@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
25 Apr 08
The high schools vary a great deal ,in South Australia. The State high school my 15 year old daughter goes to is very strict & the standards very high. The one my step son goes to is just like the example I gave in this discussion.
@julyteen (13257)
• Davao, Philippines
19 Apr 08
i am not agree with this editorial. Education is a training for every student to become a better person on their generation how can they become better person if they don't passed the test of hardship in school, they feel relax and without even force to do anything to speed up their mind and thinking skills. In our school we had the hardest time ever in my life. I learned a lot like self confidence, patience, leadership, hardwork and so on. School is the best training ground of every person nowadays.
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@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
20 Apr 08
The editorial was against this easy life at school too!
• United States
18 Apr 08
IMO this is terribly wrong. What a disservice they are doing to these young people. We are all aware that life is not easy and this will not prepare them for what lies ahead and the challenges they will face and have to overcome.
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@jennybianca (12912)
• Australia
19 Apr 08
I agree completely. Hubby says some schools are doing this to keep their stats looking good. The Education Department say they are doing it "to meet the needs of students". It's kind of like a catch phrase.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
14 Sep 08
My daughter is now in grade eleven and she is having a hard time in some of her clases. There is not enough help during school hours for her to learn how to do some subjects. I hope she passes.