Sometimes my school district is so screwed up, we implement even the bad ideas long after everyone else has. The most recent idiocy being considered is changing our graduation requirements to meet our state university system entrance requirements. Yes, fellow Californians, that means the "A thru G" requirements will be required to graduate from my school district if the idea gets adopted.
I understand the sentiment behind it--everyone should have a chance at higher education, blah blah blah. To that I say, they already do. Well over 50 years ago, when California's Master Plan for Higher Education was passed, our 3-level higher education system was enshrined. The University of California system was designed to take the top eighth of high school graduates, while the California State University system was designed to take the top third. Anyone else could go to community college and, if they showed themselves capable, transfer to a CSU/UC school. I grant that the transfer portion of that great idea still isn't perfected all these decades later, but the general idea is sound. What's changed? Back in "the day", when people learned something in high school, we planned for only a third of our students to attend a university. Why do we think that now, by fiat, all students will be capable of attending a university?
It's stupidity, plain and simple.
This has been tried in districts around the country and the endgame is as predictable as you might imagine: watered-down coursework, thereby making even fewer students truly ready for college-level work. Why a district that can't even get textbook adoption done correctly thinks it can get all of its students college-ready--a goal that isn't met anywhere, if you want to be honest--is far beyond me. I hope our school board doesn't give into this feel-good crap and instead shoots this idea down--but I'm not holding my breath.