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Education reform that makes sense

October 1, 2013
By ANDREW HERMAN - Community Columnist ( , Tribune Chronicle |

At very great expense for all, Ohio's education reform makes too little sense. Everyone agrees on the importance of a well-informed and highly-skilled citizenry in a democratic society, but who should decide the lower limits of "well-informed" or "highly skilled" and the privileges accompanying such "achievements"? Many well-meaning politicians believe we need a laser focus on academics, as if how high/low we set the bar can magically make everyone either a dunce or a genius, but this is not true. On the other hand, if we are serious about a highly-skilled workforce, then why aren't we beefing up our skilled trades' curricula instead of punishing every district in Ohio with a complex array of academic standards juggling and hoop-jumping acts?



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