I met an old high school friend for lunch yesterday. We're five years out from graduation, so we like to think that we can reminiscence about it with the clarity of those far removed from the situation, immune from the teenage angst and hormones that made us want to be through with high school in the first place.
The interwebs have been aflutter about a piece from the Washington Post about a school board member who took a standardized test meant for 10th graders and flunked it miserably. The adult tester, an educator and counselor from Orange County, FL. named Rick Roach, calls for reforms in standardized testing, a racket he believes destroys kids, rather than helping them.
Foreign language study in the United States is truly lacking. While a common justification is that there is not funding for it, the studies are clear that children that learn a foreign language as a child will have an easier time learning and retaining it. Some schools do offer language classes but not usually as part of the standard curriculum. I have seen it offered as a once per week after school class. It should be incorporated in the curriculum. One way for students to learn foreign languages is through an immersion program.
It’s fall again. The air is crisp, and the students at the high school near where I live are wearing their letterman’s jackets to cope. The sunlight—when its here—is dimmed, like noon has hit and its time for the sun to set. People are blazing bonfires in their backyards. The time has come again for high school football.