Last week, I received an email inviting me to review the new, proposed high school graduation requirements. From the accompanying introductory letter, I assume that the current graduation requirements do not satisfy the current legislation (Georgia Code O.C.G.A. § 20-2-140 and 20-2-159.1 through 20-2-159.4). These will effect anyone entering ninth grade in the 2013-2014 school year and beyond, which translates to both of my children. After reading the requirements, I had the option to fill out an online survey where I could enter my opinion about the requirements.
After reading the requirements document, I not only filled out the survey, but I also called the office of Pamela Smith to speak with someone. Why? Because I have several issues with the proposed graduation requirements, starting with the idea of a "Capstone Project".
Basically, the new requirements include having all seniors do a Capstone Project, which is:
a final and in-depth project that allows a student …
While Dr. Alfred Binet conducted his research, he stressed the limitations on IQ testing. Dr. Binet believed that intelligence was not fixed, but malleable, able to change with environmental variables. He also believed that testing needed to be created for and conducted on children from a similar background to get accurate results. But even then, his tests only showed one aspect of intelligence, and did not represent a full view of a child's intelligence or abilities.
Unfortunately, not everyone listened to Dr. Binet. Three groups in particular stand out in this regard: the U.S. Army, Ellis Island officials, and the Eugenics Record Office.
At the onset of World War I, the U.S. Army faced the colossal task of placing scores of recruits in various positions. In 1917, psychologist Robert Yerkes chaired the Committee on the Psychological Examination of Recruits, where he and fellow committee members created two different IQ tests for recruits: Alpha test: to test recruits who c…