In the DOE's never-ending quest to improve the high school graduation rate by any means possible, the non-educators at Tweed has come up with another cockamamie way to give failing students artificial credits and push them out the door, unprepared for the real world.
First, it was the outrageous “credit recovery program” and the abuses that went with it. Then it was the taking of online courses where the most savvy students paid their smart friends to take the course. Now, high school principals have been given the "green light" to give entering students from foreign countries “life skill credits” to jump start them on the way to graduation. How does this work? Let’s look at an example of how these students get the “life skill credits”.
A student enters the United States from, let’s say, El Salvador where Spanish is spoken. The Principal can instruct the guidance department to give the entering student 12 credits for speaking Spanish. These 12 “life skill credits” are then added to the student’s transcripts. If this was not outrageous enough, the student can then take the Spanish classes offered to all students and get additional credits as if he never took Spanish before. Unbelievable but unfortunately true.
Here is another case of the DOE coming up with a phony method to improve the graduation rate while making a mockery of giving students a quality education. Manipulating high school graduation rates by pushing out unprepared students is just another example of Tweed’s “children last “policy.