According to schools.oregonlive.com, 65% of students graduated from Medford high schools. That is a bit misleading because the graduation rates at Logos Public Charter School and Medford Opportunity High School lowered the average; both North Medford High School and South Medford High School show graduation rates of 76% and 78% respectively.
However, the apparent success in graduating scholars from Medford High schools is brought into question by the revelation that the current school board is willing to sacrifice true education for graduates in favor of a success rate for passing exams!
The school board approved a controversial US History text book to be used in Advanced Placement courses with some frightening quotes from board members. According to the Medford Mail Tribune article, ““I have a lot of trust in the teachers and their ability to use an imperfect text,” Killen said at the meeting. “No textbook is perfect.”
According to the Medford Mail Tribune, “Two community members, Joel Marks and Stuart Sennett, left the meeting frustrated with the outcome.
“It’s a disgrace what the school board did,” Marks said. “Jeff Thomas cowardly folded.”
Marks, an adjunct history professor for Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University, said he spent more than seven hours reviewing the textbook. He informed the board at the start of the meeting that he had identified nearly a dozen “flaws and misrepresentations, as well as factually misleading errors” in the book.
“The editorial comments in the Constitution were the tip of the iceberg,” he said after the meeting. “The whole book is biased toward a particular worldview. It disparages the founding fathers by calling them ‘elite conservatives.’ ”
The minutes from the board meeting states,” Additionally, The American Pageant is a text that is broadly used in the United States for Advanced Placement (AP) courses;
48% of all AP United States History classes use this text nationwide.
Teachers have also chosen this book based on the success rate on the AP exam. Students that took that AP test and used Pageant as their primary text receive on average AP exam score of 3.76 out of 5 possible.
In addition, our partner, Southern Oregon University, has endorsed the text so that students may also earn college credit for taking the course.”
Does that translated into common read- between- the- lines language really say, “All right, so we are joining half of the history classes in the US teaching our US History from a flawed text, but it is really all right because the kids will get accepted into college.”
People are outspoken about their dissatisfaction with the public school system, perhaps they should be as outspoken about the decisions of the people they elected to direct the public school systems. If you would like to discuss this issue with the school board members, they are listed here: