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Philosopher Kings keeping down the plebes

Posted by Sal on May 11, 2006

Well, after a somewhat lengthy hiatus due to capitalistic concerns, I’m back to further discuss and debate here at the Axis of Right.

As many of you know, two of my more passionate topics include Judicial Activism and the State of the American educational system. Well, both of these topics merged this week when a California state judge tentatively threw out a state law requiring an exam for students to pass in order to graduate high school, on the grounds that it violated the Equal Protection clause by not catering to students who do not speak English.

There are so many things wrong with this. First, it is not up to a JUDGE to decide social policy. Most of the crap in this country has not been a result of the votes of the people or their duly-elected federal representatives, but by activist judges who expand their role into that of a philosopher-king, one who is beyond the reproach of the people and who, with a flick of the gavel, can overrule the will of the people for no other reason than his or her own personal feelings.

On the education issue, why is it so controversial to require a minimum-standards test to graduate? Life itself is full of tests, entrance exams, job interviews, etc. We spend too much time coddling our high school students, and not enough time preparing them for the harsh reality of life. We are doing them a disservice by constantly letting them pass through and graduate. It is this reason that a high school diploma barely means anything anymore. The test itself is not hard — it’s been rated at a 6th-grade level of basic reading and Math. The test and its results in CA have shown, over the past several years, an increase in the education quality, as more and more students are being prepared earlier with the skills necessary. Now, because of the whim of one man, the normal, every-day Americans who benefit from this test’s existence, will suffer. It may be satisfying to the students who did not pass this year, but it will not benefit them in the long run, nor will it benefit the rest of CA’s kids.

One Response to “Philosopher Kings keeping down the plebes”

  1. Ryan said

    I’m all for testing. I think that if there was an alternative for students who fail, like Vo-Tech or another option. Not everyone will be a doctor or a rocket scientist, so parents would appreciate an alternative route.

    But this business about judges over ruling the will of the electorate on school testing issues is pretty outrageous. Shouldn’t they be worried about sending illegals to their country of origin or something?

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