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Celebrate: Public High School Graduation Rate Reaches Four Decade High

bigkam Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:00 PM
If people knew how worthless a high school diploma is across public education in the No Child Left Behind Era, they wouldn't be celebrating. Instead, they would be mourning the death of a valuable education, and the loss of a generation of gifted and talented students to mediocrity. Sad indeed.
Dot32 Wrote: Jan 26, 2013 12:13 AM
You are so right! I tell kids in my classes that they have to at least get an Associates Degree because a high school diploma doesn't mean much anymore. It is like a T-ball trophy--everyone who actually attends gets one.

Hold that thought for one second. Of course higher high school graduation rates are something every American can and should celebrate. What’s not to like? However, if we look a bit deeper and try to understand why this phenomenon is actually happening -- this sort of “progress” is slightly more complicated (H/T Allahpundit):

The percentage of students at public high schools who graduate on time has reached its highest level in nearly 40 years, according to the most recent federal government estimates released Tuesday.

Based on data collected from the...