Washington Post article, Barren County High School

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Apr 10, 2010
 
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Just shows why BC schools is all about politics.
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Apr 12, 2010
 
You know, I'm still unconvinced that this isn't an unintended consequence of the Challenge Index making it into the big leagues of publicity. This school figured that they could look better in the rankings by having this student take an AP rather than an honors class, and so they did so. That probably wasn't their only reason for setting up her schedule that way, but I can't believe it wasn't a contributing factor--I'm in higher education, where administrations have been dancing to the tune of the US News rankings for years. Such things happen more frequently than those who make the lists want to admit.
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dfbdfb wrote:
You know, I'm still unconvinced that this isn't an unintended consequence of the Challenge Index making it into the big leagues of publicity. This school figured that they could look better in the rankings by having this student take an AP rather than an honors class, and so they did so. That probably wasn't their only reason for setting up her schedule that way, but I can't believe it wasn't a contributing factor--I'm in higher education, where administrations have been dancing to the tune of the US News rankings for years. Such things happen more frequently than those who make the lists want to admit.
Haven't you all learned by now that BC is all about publiciity/PR, looking good and trying to outdo everybody else???
BCHS Teacher

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Apr 18, 2010
 
Its too bad that we cant do anything about it, otherwise we would loose our jobs.
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the whole public education system has changed at every level. The elementary, high school, & colleges no longer are interested in teaching students to become independent thinkers. No, today it's no longer about EDUCATING at all, instead it's about INDOCTRINATING students with this radical leftist agenda to hasten the arrival of the new world order.
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Apr 18, 2010
 
Shame on you Barren County School system, Jerry Ralston and Keith Hale! A distict policy of placing (forcing)students in AP classes on their ability ...REALLY? In other words, a 'One Size Fits All' program? AP programs are great, BUT the student has to want to be in the program for it to be successful. To think that you would 'run off' a student ranked in the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA for her last year in high school, unless she got a doctor's note to change her schedule, is a crime. Sure sounds like you really don't have your students best interest at heart, but may an agenda to make Newsweek's list? The idea that Mr. Hale would pretend to know more about this student, and her needs for her future, than her own educated parents shows real arrogance. Whatever happened to letting the students, with the support of their parents, along with the teachers decide what courses are best suited for the student? Don't you think the parents know their child, their study habits, and their stress level MUCH better than an school principal or school based council?
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It is a shame that is the way it is at barren all about politics in everything that is done over there, If your not one of the kids that is would u say on the grandest thing your child is not going to get a chance this goes for the sports as well makes me sick to see alot of the girls and boys that i have seen grow up playing baseball and basketball just sitting there. To me if ur a coach/teacher then u should be helping them be the best they can be cause who knows you could be the one that made them somebody cause u too the time to teach them not let them or put them down
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This article highlights the very reason that my kids who live in the city are transferring to Barren County for HS. I am tired of the way certain families are given every benefit, while my gifted child is sitting bored in a literature class. I am moving my children to a district that will challenge them, not leave them to rot because they aren't from one of the "favored" families.
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very true wrote:
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Haven't you all learned by now that BC is all about publiciity/PR, looking good and trying to outdo everybody else???
I think they are about wanting to see their students succeed! Sometimes they just need a little push. Granted, after hearing this particular family's argument, they should have acquiesced. But I am all for pushing the students to excellence!
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Apr 18, 2010
 
BCHS Teacher wrote:
Its too bad that we cant do anything about it, otherwise we would loose our jobs.
lose. Glad you're teaching....

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