The Seattle Public Schools are in the process of revising the high school graduation requirements. Among some of the proposed new requirements is the following:
Areas of proficiencyI haven't seen any specific proposals that explain how one might demonstrate he is "proficient at diversity", so I'm not sure what they mean. I think about my son David, who should be in the high school class of 2020. His paternal grandfather is a Jewish Israeli, his maternal grandparents were born in Korea, his half-sister is 3/8 black and 1/8 American Indian. I'll be fascinated to see what the Seattle Public Schools are going to teach David about being proficient at diversity.
The student will demonstrate competency in targeted skills in each of the following areas of proficiency. These demonstrations will take the form of exhibitions, projects, portfolios or performances.Communication (2008) Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning (2009) Democracy, Diversity and Community Stewardship (2010) Career Awareness and Life Skills (2011) The Arts (2012)
In the meantime, among the other essentials the Seattle Schools might want to add to its graduation requirements:
* Safe and responsible firearm use
* Capitalism and the free-market
* How to be a self-sufficient member of society who doesn't expect the government to satisfy his every whim.