Yet another reason to NOT raise a family or have kids in Baltimore ("Passing easier in city schools")
This says it all:
"the minimum passing grade for key subjects has been lowered from 70 to 60... With little fanfare or public input, the city school board voted 6-1 in early June, with one abstention, to reduce the minimum passing marks in reading, math and some science classes in the first through 12th grades."
"Minutes of the board's June 13 meeting show that despite concerns about the lack of public debate, the board made the significant policy change in an unusually hurried fashion."
Okay, let me get this straight. In a city with a high murder rate, high STD rate, and poor public school system, the way to a better end is to LOWER the passing grades for READING, MATH, and *some* SCIENCE classes? So not only will we produce kids who are not on the same level as their peers in other school systems, we'll teach them that if they don't try hard to reach level 10, we'll just lower the bar from level 10 to level 8 so they can feel good about themselves. F*cking sad!
Can you tell I am heated about this? Kids deserve more. Kids need more! Kids need to be pushed and have confidence instilled in them. And the city school board is showing NO confidence in the kids of Baltimore. So my question to Baltimorians...Why should YOU show any CONFIDENCE in the school board? Take your kids out of public school and do what you gotta do to get your kids a SOLID EDUCATION. Otherwise, they may get left behind. SPORTS CAN'T SAVE 'EM ALL AND HIP-HOP D@MN SURE AIN'T GONNA SAVE 'EM ALL. But an education might just make it so they don't even need to be saved in the first place!
A move like this not only sets a standard for underachievement and low academic standards, but it also makes you wonder HOW MUCH IS REALLY WRONG with Baltimore city and its school system. In my eye, this is ONE PATHETIC @$$ move! PATHETIC and SAD. These kids already weren't getting a good education and now they're 3.0's are going to really amount to 2.5's in the real world (in comparison to other kids in other school systems).
I learned this lesson the hard way. Coming from Suitland High School (PG County) to Johns Hopkins I realized that not only did my high school not prepare me well for college, it didn't prepare me well for much else I would experience in my next four years of live either (most of all diversity). My teachers did a good job of encouraging me and making sure I put in enough effort to get good grades. But they HAD to know that I needed to be pushed harder. They went to college. They were living in the "real world". They had to know. But I understand that they're just part of a bigger machine. Some of them will take the risk of pushing the educational envelope (per se), but most will abide by the laws of the system that provides them with a miniscule and menial paycheck.
It took me 1.5 years of college just to adjust the way I read, the way I studied, and the amount of effort I put into schoolwork just for me to get B's and C's. I thought about giving up but was raised better than to do something like that. But I can only imagine the tough time these kids are going to have when-and-if they make it to college. And those who attend colleges that are NOT Historically Black may find it even harder. I know I did.
So from my perspective, a decision like this sends the message that Baltimore city's school board doesn't care about it's kids as much as THEY NEED to or CLAIM to. It sends the message that they're okay with underachieving as long as the school system looks better in comparison to other school systems (on paper that is). It sends the message that we're okay with more "corner-boys" and "younger-than-ever baby mommas". And it sends the message that if you really want your kid to get a half-decent education in the city of Baltimore, send them to private school cuz public school "ain't 'bout shyt!"
I guess what they say might NOT be true. That is, "Baltimore has nowhere to go but up". Everything but the school system huh?
PEOPLE WITH FAMILIES/CHILDREN...STAY AWAY!!!!!