Students must take responsibility
To the Editor:
I recently read with great interest the story covering several BHS
students who will not be graduating with their class this year due to their
failure to pass a standardized test.
One of the students remarked that they should be able to participate
in graduation because they put forth their best effort and are just apparently
poor test takers. I will agree that test taking is a skill, and like
any other skill it needs to be practiced. However, to just allow
someone to graduate without meeting all the requirements simply cheapens
the accomplishments of those who did study, practice and pass the exam.
One of the purposes of a standardized comprehensive exam is to show
that the information has not only been learned, but that it has been retained.
When you pursue higher forms of academic achievement, there is a foregone
conclusion that you have. reasonably mastered your previous courses of
I am an RN with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. I spent
several years in college, putting forth my best effort and graduated with
a reasonably good grade point average. However, I still had to take
my state board examination which was indeed a comprehensive, two-day exam
of my nursing knowledge. I studied not only my notes and text from
nursing school, but took a course in test--taking as well. I passed
with flying colors, but it took a lot of preparation on my part.
How would these young people or their parents feel about being sick
in a hospital, and the person responsible for their life was not required
to have a minimum amount of knowledge about diseases, medications, side
effects and assessment skills. Personally, I wouldn't let any such
person within 10 feet of someone I loved and cared about.
Knowledge is only useful if it can be recalled and built upon, and
that takes studying and reviewing. There are no shortcuts to a good,
solid education. The first step is personal responsibility on the
part of the student and the people they are accountable to on a daily basis.
JOYCE A. MEYERS