lowering standards

Negative Effects of Lowering Standards

With the increasingly burdensome expectations we experience today, ranging from attending college to ending world poverty, we begin to focus only on ourselves. With this, we become oblivious to the needs of those who fall behind. Now these needs have finally been addressed. Yet, lowered standards bring benefits that heavily outweigh the bad.

College education in our society today is imperative: the expectations and desires to get in have risen with the competitiveness of the job market. However, prospects remain dim for some. Increasingly demanding graduation requirements hinder struggling high school students from pursuing their goals of attending a college. The Los Angeles Board of Education originally planned a minimum of a C in advanced prep courses graduation requirement in 2017 to ensure that all students had a chance to gain admittance to a Cal State or a University of California.

However, the plan was appealed Jun 2, 2015. Now, students can graduate with a minimum of a D in any advanced prep course.This game-changing action by the Board of Education was carried through after an analysis concluded that over 53 percent of students would fail to meet the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement. Although admissions to Cal State and University of California colleges will be inhibited, since they still expect a minimum of C or higher, high school students originally failing to graduate will receive an opportunity to attend a non UC or Cal state college.

Setting the bar too high can even, at times, be detrimental at a national level. The Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, are goals developed by the United Nations to eliminate global poverty. The World Bank raised the minimal poverty line from $1.50 to $1.90 per day. However, in doing so, economic assistance is focused on a wider range, leaving those who have it the worst with less aid than before. Indeed, progress comes faster with higher expectations, but it is vital to maintain quality assistance to those in need.

As a result, over 100 million people, who are not considered impoverished by the UN, actually live in deplorable conditions and suffer from starvation.

There lies an uncanny parallel between the poverty crisis and the education system today. Thousands of schools push standards far above the capabilities of students. Yet, they wonder why results are minuscule. The reason is clear: students who need it the most aren’t getting the attention they need. As a result of a widespread lowered poverty line, those who are truly struggling still receive minimal treatment.

I am often told that higher expectations bring more motivation for success and progress. Yet this is not always the case. At times, we busy ourselves so much in achieving more than we can that we begin to leave others behind. Despite the desire to progress, it is vital to show concern to those who are left behind.


By Richard Zhang, Staff writer

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