Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," pondering big questions since 2005! Today's big question: Who cares?
I have commenced my new job as a tutor preparing students for the state's high school proficiency test. You cannot obtain a high school diploma in this state without passing all parts of this test.
In preparation for my duties I've been taking sample HSP tests. And I've come to think that, in order to live in New Jersey, one must be a rocket scientist.
One of the reading samples was Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech. Have you perused that little item lately? A tough slog, even for a T. Rex of a reader like me. As I read it, I kept thinking, "What? Huh? Say again? Hey, Pat, how about using an easier word?"
I'm a college graduate.
Who makes up these tests? Wow, damn good thing I don't have to take the Math portion. I'd lose my high school diploma!
Today I open the floor to you, readers. How hard is too hard? Should a high school graduate be able to read any college-level piece of literature, or is there still some literacy learning to be done at the collegiate level? I vote for the latter. A high school graduate ought to be able to read anything printed in a newspaper, but I don't know about Patrick Henry and Edith Wharton.
Does your state/country have a high school proficiency test?
As of this morning, the fosters Bamp and Bambi seemed a little perkier. Isis must have heard the petitions.