When superintendents requested an extension of 55 as a passing grade, students once again were compromised. Thankfully, the Board of Regents turned down the request.
Students need to be challenged early in their lives. They must learn to compete in today's challenging world and not depend on a hand-out. They need to match their skills with the job skills required. In short, what boss will keep an employee who produces 55 percent? To settle for less is not a recipe for success - not now, not ever.
Students have a great capacity when presented with a challenge. Kids master video games, cite football plays, recite hockey scores and repeat lyrics of an endless list of songs - a list to challenge the demands and scope of math, science, global studies and language.
The mentality of mediocrity has permeated many aspects of American society. Superintendents must lead and meet the new demanding requirements through reform.
CONNIE A. GRAMZA