45% pass rate is sub­stan­dard

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: WITH RE­GARD to Orville Hig­gins’ col­umn ‘That 45% rule’ (Novem­ber 11, 2016), by no mea­sure should 45 per cent be an ac­cept­able stan­dard for stu­dent ath­letes. I don’t know if Orville Hig­gins is be­ing sar­cas­tic or se­ri­ous.

Surely, he can’t be sug­gest­ing that get­ting 45 per cent, which is a fail­ing grade, is too hard. Surely, he can’t be sug­gest­ing that the stan­dard be low­ered to fa­cil­i­tate sports. The one thing he wrote that I agreed with is that all stu­dents should be held to the same stan­dard, prefer­ably a higher stan­dard.

Is it any won­der our chil­dren are fail­ing when we don’t even have the con­fi­dence in them to ex­pect greater things from them? Aren’t we in ef­fect say­ing, ‘I know you can’t do bet­ter, so don’t even try.’

Shame on you. Shame on ISSA. Shame on us for be­ing the coun­try that says to our chil­dren, ‘You CAN’T do it.’ AU­DREY SIMP­SON mide­hya@hot­mail.com

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