As government education gets more and more dumbed down, lawmakers in North Carolina are working on legislation to cement a grading scale into place for public schools in which a 40 percent is considered a passing grade. Yes, seriously.
The proposed bill with the grading scale would not affect student grades — after all, students are routinely graduating from government schools unable to even read their high-school diploma, so there is no need to mess with the phony grades being dispensed like candy. The reality of “grade inflation” is now well established, as government increasingly rewards teachers and schools that give students the best grades while punishing those that give students grades reflecting their work. One teacher in Florida was even fired for objecting to the grade lunacy.
Under the proposed North Carolina grading scale for schools, which has already been in use for years but would be made permanent with HB 145, an “A” school could earn an 85 percent and up, while B schools would need a 70 percent or more. Anything between 40 and 54 percent would secure a “D,” meaning the school would be considered a “passing” school. Even with the ludicrous scale, one in five schools in some counties are “failing.”
In a post on social media linking to an article with the headline, “NC General Assembly mulling over changing school grading scales,” Lt. Gov. Dan Forest suggested dumbing-down grades was not the way to go. “Instead of lowering our expectations for our education system, we should be raising our standards for our students so that they can compete in a 21st Century global economy,” he said, using standard globalist rhetoric.
Similar scheming has taken place with the SAT, the standardized test taken by millions of college-bound high-school students. To conceal the scale of the dumbing-down taking place in public schools, the SATs are regularly “re-centered.” In short, to keep the average scores about the same over the years, the tests are being routinely dumbed down. Even the College Board, which produces the SAT, acknowledges it does this.
The reality is that tinkering with grading systems is just a gimmick. Every government school in America that is using Common Core or submitting to outlandish federal mandates under the Every Student Succeeds Act deserves an F — at least if the criteria to earn a good grade is providing a decent education.
But if dumbing down and indoctrinating children is the goal, then perhaps government schools really did earn their “A.”