A MODEST PROPOSAL from No. 2 Pencil: "Here's a thought - let's go back to making high-school courses difficult, and rewarding. Let's flunk out those students who can't do the work. The kids can take tests for accountability to satisfy the government, but they won't need to take a test to verify the usefulness of the diploma. And let's make college admissions exams more difficult, so that we don't have to deal with the dilemma of high school exit exams that are more difficult than college entrance exams." Amen.

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