The Nation: Downright Unreasonable

Some school boards are beginning to get downright unreasonable about requirements for a high school diploma. Just two months ago, the New York State Board of Regents agreed unanimously that the state's high school pupils should pass a ninth-grade reading and mathematics examination in order to graduate (TIME, April 5).

That does not sound too exacting for twelfth-graders. But consider what is happening elsewhere. In Chicago, the city's school superintendent has proposed that a broad examination in finance, health, government, law, transportation, communications and community resources be mandatory for all high school students before they can receive their...

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