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RIGOR MORTIS?

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Polski3 weighs in on her concerns over a plan to provide scholarship money to students at schools deemed "rigorous" by the Feds:

So, who is left behind in this latest meddling by the Feds in education? Any kid who doesn't plan to attend college. I seriously doubt that any kind of class involving shop, art, business office skills or learning any kind of "trade" skill will be deemed as "rigorous". So, only scholarship money to those who plan to go to a college or university for "academic" coursework. Fine, but someday, who will deal with your fancy car that needs repair, unclog the sewer line of your house, schedule you an appointment to see your doctor, properly bill your health insurance, do the carpentry work on your kitchen remodel or......????? THOSE are the kids the Feds will leave behind with this type of Federal involvement.

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This is the beginning a federal move toward a national standard and curriculum. Federal expansion always starts out with the claim to "help" the disenfranchised poor get into college by demanding "rigor". But that is that is just a way to grab more power by the feds. Rigor is the new buzzword in education. All the governors are talking about. Jeb Bush talked about it in editorial in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal. In the end, this leaves the all children behind. The federal government has no Consitutional authority to micro manage high schools. But who bothers to read the Constitution anymore. It's all about jobs and creating a workforce for the "global economy".

I cringe whenever I hear teachers bragging about how "rigorous" their courses are. There is definitely a "cult of rigor" these days. Have any of these people bothered to look up the definition of rigor? (i.e.: to be stiff, harsh inflexibility) I would hate to think that my class has a lot of rigor.

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