We live in an age of falling standards, and have been for quite a while now. The fear is that once lost, these high expectations cannot be recovered… but is that true? Well, the Great State of Mississippi — education’s perennial laughing stock — has tried a radical theory: if you don’t meet the graduation standards for a particular public school grade, then YOU DO NOT GRADUATE. And, mirabile dictu, it turns out that since neither the students, teachers, administrators and politicians want a child to repeat a grade… test scores and performance standards are GOING UP!!
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