Graduating from L.A. Unified
Re “L.A. Unified retreats on grades,” June 10
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education intends to let students graduate high school despite having a D in college-preparatory courses.
While I understand the reasoning for letting students who don’t get a C graduate, this would be a great time for the district to convince those students to go to a community college as a way for them to still find success. At community colleges, students can get their general education requirements out of the way for a cheaper price than four-year universities.
Getting a D in high school is not the end of the world.
This is so typical of the LAUSD. Instead of helping teachers to do their jobs better, paying them more money and giving them more academic freedom, the school board simply required that students receive a C or better in college prep courses.
That didn’t work, of course, so now the board has backed off.
I taught in the LAUSD for five years, at an adult school, and the district treated us like little robots that needed to be programmed, not like fully functioning adults with graduate degrees and credentials.
I’d like to see a spirit of cooperation among administrators, faculty and students. Why don’t they work together for the good of the students? The board should set the example, in my opinion.