DPI On The Road Again
Posted by Lindalyn Kakadelis at 2:01 PM
The Department of Public Instruction is asking for public input. Letís give it to them! DPI will be holding 8 regional meetings wanting to hear opinions regarding the implementation of a new high school core course framework. So look at the schedule details, and plan to speak!
This is a move from the current multiple diploma tracks to one track for everyone. North Carolinaís association with the American Diploma Project surely facilitated these changes in the core course framework.
I donít have a problem, but unless TRUE reform occurs I suspect one of two things will happen. Either the courses will be dumb down so everyone can pass, or there is going to be more frustrated students dropping out. Capacity for learning happens at the elementary and middle school levels. DPI currently struggles with success at the high school level, what will happen expecting all students to take more courses?
Donít forget to look at the fine print in DPIís press release:
ďThe core framework of courses will not be one-size-fits-all. Students will select specific courses within the 21 requirements and there will be opportunities for course substitutions in some cases where appropriate. Details about how course substitutions will be allowed, how second language instruction will be provided, and the particulars of the AP/IB endorsements, as well as other issues, remain to be answered.Ē
Again, the devil will be in the details! Wonder if our state will ever really reform its K-12 education? Until the money follows the child, and parents are given choices to choose other options, the GOMs (Gatekeepers of Mediocrity) are still in charge!
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