Standardization won't improve graduation rate

Mar 22 2012 - 1:25pm


If Superintendent Smith wants to increase the graduation rate, he is going about it all wrong (Mar. 21 editorial, "Curricula woes in Ogden"). To impose a generic, one-size-fits-all, common core curriculum on students will actually result in more drop-outs and a lower graduation rate. What he and other superintendents are looking for is possible by making the curriculum fit the students, not by making students fit the curriculum. Also, rigor can't be imposed externally, it is something that comes from within, intrinsically, as students find subjects that engage their interests and drive to develop their unique talents. The graduation rate can be increased only with a focus on developing diversity, not on standardization.

Lynn Stoddard



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