The state of New
York has decided to permanently
lower both its math and reading proficiency standards due to a dramatic fall in test scores since the COVID lockdowns played
havoc with children’s educations.
committee that reports to the Board of Regents recently decided that action
must be taken in light of last year’s abysmal test results for students in
grades three through eight. For example, in Schenectady, not a single eighth-grader who
took the math test scored as proficient. And the cumulative scores for the
third through eighth grade tests throughout the state were much lower in
2022 than in 2019, a result attributed to the absence of in-person
learning during the year-and-a-half or so following the onset of the COVID-19
pandemic…and the preposterously damaging reactions to it from those in power. The committee further reported that it believes student
performance has been permanently damaged, and that lower competence has
become “the new normal.” Ergo the Empire State will make it easier for
students to reach “proficiency” on state math and English language arts tests…by
dumbing down the tests. (And, by extension, the students.)
In related news, the New York
Police Department has—again-- lowered its requirement for
police recruits, this time scrapping a 1.5-mile timed run in the police
academy, or so the department’s head of training told The New York Post.
Chief Juanita Holmes said the move will help more women applicants make the cut.
(However, it was controversial—and sparked an internal debate within the NYPD
had already dramatically relaxed overall police fitness test requirements less
than a year ago amid a record wave of retirements-- and a dearth of new
recruits-- brought on by various anti-cop “progressive” attitudes and policies.
lowering standards and requirements is the “new normal.” Whether for policemen,
firemen, soldiers, teachers, lawyers, nurses, doctors, auto mechanics, air
traffic controllers, Transportation Secretaries “experts,” or government
officials. Moreover, many colleges are dispensing with SAT test requirements,
and countless schools are doing away with traditional grading systems
altogether, opting instead for much less stringent ones such as “pass-fail” or
possibly go wrong?
I mean other
than trains derailing, planes crashing, our military unable to effectively
defend the nation…and things like that.
over merit! Yay! Bummer if in the future a doctor inadvertently removes your liver
rather than a sliver, but, hey, the doctor was an agnostic member of the BIPOC
LGBTQIIA+ Community who was born on a Thursday during a full moon! Yay!