Oregon governor signs bill suspending math, reading proficiency requirements for HS graduates

Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Democrat, signed a bill last month with little fanfare that drops the requirement that high school students prove proficiency in reading, writing or math, before graduation, a report said

I guess I miss adding my thoughts to the mix – this is one of those times when I just wish I had a soap box and megaphone. This is insanity.

Allow graduations while suspending a requirement that students in High School have to be proficient in math, reading? You don’t have to be able to read or do simple arithmetic – and you can graduate HS?

Foundations for a Better Oregon said in a statement at the time that the bill is intended to “truly reflect what every student needs to thrive in the 21st century.” Supporters of the bill insist that considering math and reading essential skills has been an unfair challenge for students who do not test well.

WHAT? Being able to read, write, and do basic math by the time one graduates HS is an unfair challenge? For HS Students?

We used to joke about a notion that there was a desire to ‘dumb down’ America. It’s no joke to me today. Legal drugs, no reading, writing, and math, you can be a boy or a girl or both or neither … [?]. This is not politics or differences of opinion … this is Evil at work in our nation.

And then I read this and I just shook my head in exasperation: Charles Boyle, the deputy communications director from Brown’s office said -“Black, Latino, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.” After the first seven descriptors … why did the writer feel the need to add ‘and students of color’. What hope do these generations have for the next 60 years of their lives?

Where, and when did America decide that people who think like this ought to be allowed to run our governments and schools?

My grandparents generation [and I am a little long in the tooth myself] used to say  … the world is going to hell in a hand basket if people don’t wise up and change their ways.

My grandparents were right.

Sadly, people never did get wise and change their ways.

Enjoy the ride.

I’m Just Sayin’ … .


There is going to be a genuine divide in this country – more than political sides. Two Americas. It’s coming. I just hope it’s not by war and killing. History says that is a pretty lofty hope. I hope, like my grandparents – people wake up, get wise, and change their ways. jl

Here’s a link to the story if you want to read it –


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