So much for wanting to be a firefighter.

An Oregon school district is pushing a proposal that will require students to be accepted to a college before graduating high school.

The Corbett School District will vote on the proposal in December, but it is expected to pass.

Naturally, there are opposers that believe the superintendent is worried about the school’s national ratings, more so than the students.

Detractors say Superintendent Randy Trani and Corbett High School Principal Phil Pearson are not concerned with their students’ future success so much as they’re concerned with the school’s national ranking.

Back in 2005, Trani instituted a policy dubbed “AP for All” that required students to take at least six Advanced Placement courses in order to receive a diploma.

The initiative worked insofar as it landed Corbett High School on Newsweek‘s top 10 list of America’s Best High Schools by 2009.

But the initiative may have the opposite effect on students.

One of the Corbett freshmen for whom the requirement will be a reality in 2017 said he believed the requirement would cause his classmates to aim lower for fear of not being accepted.

“Why require people to be accepted?” said Colin Horn. “I think it should be a rule to apply, but not get accepted.”

The new policy is shocking, but a sad reality in the school system today. Numbers and ratings talk…proper education, however, is barely a whisper anymore.


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