The Sun article “Maryland revises high school graduation requirements, delaying higher standards" (Oct. 27) informs us that English and math standards, as measured by test scores, will have to be lowered in Maryland because 60 percent of students are failing the subjects. School leaders will have to decide what percentage of students who pass a test equals competency in the subject. State school board member David Steiner concedes any target above 40 percent with the current test is "frankly fantasy.”
History has shown us leaders plan on tinkering with the test and standards until they get their desired level. And who knows what that might be? Rochelle Gutierrez, a University of Illinois math professor claims, "mathematics itself operates as Whiteness," and is thus a "racist" subject. We certainly cannot have a student being uncomfortable with anything they feel triggers racism. Accordingly, I think math should be dropped from all curricula and just let our students use their fingers to solve the two plus two equals four conundrum.
And since a 2014 study from the Center for Immigration Studies says twenty percent of the U.S. population doesn't speak English at home, we might as well drop English requirements too.