Chandri MacLeod (chandri) wrote,
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The New Rules (and the Lamp)

So the Provincial Government has introduced a new secondary credential system. Essentially, the Ministry of Education has re-defined what it means to graduate secondary school. Things like needing five graduation-level provincial-exams instead of one, counting grade ten marks for post-secondary credit along with grade eleven and twelve, and expanding the Career and Personal Planning (which were mostly hygiene and social sensitivity lectures that took up a reaaaallly long block once a month) to include potentially useful things like financial planning and post-secondary credit literacy.

The positive aspect of these changes is that it makes it harder for kids who screw around to persist in the delusion that getting into college will be easy regardless of how hard they work in high school. I'm puritanical enough to get pissed off when kids who didn't even finish English 12 and attended fifteen days their entire senior year still easily get into post-secondary three years later, after they wake up and realize they're bored of sleeping in every day.

The negative aspect is that it starts earlier on discouraging kids against pursuing academics, allowing them to transfer, say, Auto-Mechanics 10 to a tech school, and get out into the workforce and making ridiculous amounts of money within a year and with no benefit of self-reflection. (Obviously this can have its upsides as well, I just don't think they outnumber the downsides.)

So obviously, I'm of two minds about it. It does more clearly outline what "prerequisite" means, but it also suggests that Just Graduating And Then Making Money is more than acceptable, and in an info-literate society I'm not at all sure that's the message we should be sending to fifteen-year-olds. It also lets districts set more stringent standards of equivalency, which also has the pleasant side-effect of harsher penalties for non-attendance and failure to meet equivalencies (for individual districts, like, say, Bountiful, that means they will revoke accreditation if the equivalencies aren't met, because if you have no accreditation, the kids registered in your pitiful, theocratic excuse for a school aren't been educated by provinical standards, and it gives the RCMP one more leg up on abolishing the scarier of the Interior communes. Which probably wasn't foremost in their minds while they were drafting this, but whatever.

I won't go into insane detail, because there are a lot of things in code about this that will only make sense if you work at a college, but it comes down to this: the new program makes it harder for lazy kids, easier for smart kids, and clarifies things for all the kids in between. But it's mildly evil because it codifies the school's-for-suckers campaign the Liberals have been running for four or five years: the one with the intention of getting more people into the non-media-literate workforce and keeping as many as possible out of the ranks of the higher-educated. Which again, I can't vouch for as their main goal, but it sure as hell can't hurt them, the assholes.

In other news, I now have a lamp. Check me out. I can request things, and they arrive. And a lamp has arrived, and it's a very nice lamp. And now I have to go back to work. I'm sleepy, and I think I'm getting sick again. I am inclined to blame this on my sister.
Tags: general geek, i weep for the species, job, politics

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