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May 10, 2005

Educating while Ignorant

Isabel Gottlieb is a straight A student at Bow High School in Seattle, Washington. She plays the trumpet in the school band, has lettered in three sports, is taking advanced placement biology and calculus and works in a medical residency job at a local hospital. But in spite of all that, she won't be allowed to graduate.

It seems that Isabel is short one credit in P.E. Her previous school allowed students to count extra-curricular sports as part of the P.E. requirements, and Isabel's family moved to Seattle just before he junior year. Even though she'd already taken World History, the new school made her retake it. When the school's counseling department was setting up her senior year class schedule, they missed several classes, and are now insisting Isabel add them. The school wants her to drop band, chorus, AP biology or calculus to take a general P.E. class, in spite of the fact that she's already in lacrosse and alpine skiing.

Isabel has already been accepted to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The college has been made aware of the problem, and says that as long as she gets a GED in time, she can still attend.

While Isabel will attend the graduation to perform as a member of the school's band and chorus, she won't graduate. Her mother, Dr. Ashley Warner, says they will have a private graduation ceremony at the family farm.

Isabel's taking it well, and really, if the school's being so stupid about it, would a diploma from them really mean anything, anyway? The college I went to based their entrance of the number of high school hours, because they knew some high schools had morons for administrators (They won't use those words, of course). And a friend of mine began attending midway through her senior year in high school, based on hours earned, and never even got a high school diploma. Yes, the high school was mad, so what.

I'm also disappointed at Trinity College for forcing Isabel to jump through the unnecessary hoop of getting a GED, when her high school class schedule would be more than enough to show her qualifications. High school diplomas are way too over rated these days, especially considering the woefully inadequate education students are given in government schools.

coverage: Zero Intelligence

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 10, 2005 11:18 AM

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