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School board gives initial support to lowering graduation requirements

Original post made on Jan 11, 2018

The San Ramon Valley school district's personalized learning initiatives saw some progress at a modestly attended meeting Tuesday night, as the school board trustees advanced the first reading of policy changes that would redesign high school graduation requirements.

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Posted by mrszalewski2
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2018 at 6:43 am

mrszalewski2 is a registered user.

I am glad that the district is giving it’s support to this matter. However, I would not title the matter lowering graduation requirements. It appears that the school district is finally realizing that not all students do or should fit into a cookie cutter mold. They all have different needs and goals and that should be taken into account when designing graduation requirements. Kudos to those students who are taking courses outside the traditional high school classroom.... a class on a college campus that is not offered at the high school.... or a class at a technical school. It supports the goals of these students who step outside the expected norm and take steps to enrich their education rather than be tethered to the high school taking mind numbing electives just to fulfill graduation requirements. Being that I work in the admissions office of a local very competitive private college, rest assured stepping outside the norm will not negatively impact student’s abilities to get into the college of their choice. I believe a more appropriate title for this change would be diversification of graduation requirements.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Jan 22, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Why, don’t we fix what’s broken before we start changing things? We don’t have enough good teachers nor do we have enough teachers to teach popular classes. Most successful adults grew up with the same stresses of trying to get good grades during teenage years. Many successful adults had jobs while going to school, now, many Danville high school students have to have tutors.

SRV students have been able to take DVC classes for years (for the reasons I just mentioned), so I’m not sure why they are making this a big issue now. I do love the idea of allowing our students to get credit for outside classes. I would love to see classes like Livermore Lab computer classes on high school transcript.

I do not like that our board member compared us to Palo Alto unified. We should expect more from our children not less nor equal. SRV should teach to the average student. Gifted children will find a way to get extra classes and special-needs will always be given special classes. The average student will be the one who will hurt the most. Some of these children will do the minimum as teenagers yet grow up to be super successful. Don’t lower the standard for them!

I’m not sure how I feel about the add/drop class dates. But I definitely do not want to hear that the decision is being made because it is too much work for the counselor!

I don’t care if the high school students have a half a semester of health or geography as long as they are being taught. If it is combined with PE and history that’s fine with me. But let’s not stop teaching our children.

The world is becoming smaller and more competitive, yet California schools are harder to get into if you are a California resident. I truly believe we have to work on ourselves, which will in turn help our families, then spread out to our community, then to our state and country. We need to prepare our children for a successful future. I hope our school board will make the right decision!

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