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The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

By Jerrold Jensen In a perfect world, every student would graduate from high school with the skills necessary to either enter college or embark on some other career. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.  However, the California Department of Education does have a wide ranging composite measurement that establishes the percent of graduates […]

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High School Graduation Rates and the Dropout Factor

By Jerrold Jensen Where have all the high school dropouts gone? Every one of the 16 large “mainstream” high schools in Tulare County reported that over 94% of their students graduated in 2018. So, what changed? Examining Visalia’s Mt. Whitney High School may simplify the explanation. In the fall of 2014 they enrolled 440 freshmen […]

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Ready, Set… No

By Jerrold H. Jensen Most Tulare County high schools lag behind the rest of the state in producing graduates qualified for admission to the University of California or the California State University system. The requirements are clearly stated on their web sites: “Admission to the CSU as a freshman takes into account the specific courses […]

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Unearned Education

By Jerrold H. Jensen Most of us probably dreaded the years of tests we faced before earning a high school diploma. As adults, we can now turn the tables and examine the test scores of the teachers and administrators. The results of their students reveal how effective they are in teaching and in using our […]

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