National Standards in Education

Yes, but here’s the essential rub with standards: What happens to seventh graders who can’t do those things?

Standards are great for, say, fighter pilot training programs. If by week X of training, you haven’t mastered standards A, B, and C, then you don’t get to be a fighter pilot. You go do something else. Maybe if you come close to meeting the fighter pilot standard, they send you off to transport plane training.

But what do you do with 7th graders who aren’t smart enough to meet the standards?

Well, in European countries, they put kids of different intelligence on different tracks. But, our educational establishment hates tracking. So, we just put our fingers in our ears and close our eyes and assume everybody is equal in intelligence, and sue for disparate impact discrimination.

via Steve Sailer’s iSteve Blog: National Standards in Education.

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