Thank goodness this isn’t in Missouri, but we have a history of following the other lemmings so let’s rightly denounce the nonsense coming from our neighbor to the east. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a new policy wherein CPSD students, having completed the academic requirements for a high school degree, will not receive a diploma if they do not submit a post-high school plan before graduation. Under this “brilliant” policy, high school seniors would have to show “an acceptance letter to a four-year university, a community college, a trade school or apprenticeship, an internship, or a branch of the armed services in order to receive their high school diploma.”
The Illinois Constitution Article X says only this about the state’s view of education. “A fundamental goal of the People of the State is the educational development of all persons to the limits of their capacities. The State shall provide for an efficient system of high quality public educational institutions and services. Education in public schools through the secondary level shall be free.” There is no quid pro quo of what the People owe to the state in exchange for this free education… until now. Now students owe the state proof that they have some place to be after graduation.
The policy is justified by this absurd bit of pablum. “The school system of K through 12 is not applicable to the world and the economy and the world that our high school students are graduating to. So we’re moving to a pre-K to college model,” said Mayor Emanuel. A system you are required to submit to by law, where you must wait your turn, submit your work by deadlines, read, write, do calculations, be respectful of others, take tests, don’t cheat, and succeed or fail through a combination of natural talents and hard work is not representative of the real world? Has he been in a school lately? What does he think they do in there? Practice drinking upside down and rating Nick at Night tv shows?
They’re moving to a pre-K to college model? Illinois has had early learning programs for more than two decades[…]