When Darren’s math students can’t pass a course, they earn high school credit for an easier online course, he writes on Right on the Left Coast. It’s “educational malpractice,” he argues.
. . . students can pass those online courses, even though they wouldn’t stand a chance of passing the “same” class at our school. Our school district knows this, too, and still approves such classes for credit.
. . . Our school district also has a computerized “credit recovery” program. Like “the miracle of summer school,” students who have failed classes — in many cases, failed so many that they’d never graduate on time were it not for credit recovery — can make up their classes via online programs.
. . . I exaggerate only slightly: a student can read a couple things on the computer screen, answer a couple questions on the next screen about what they just read, and voila! Instant education.
Students can make up semesters of failed classes in a month or two, then receive a high school diploma, writes Darren. “We’re selling meaningless credentials.”