No, I’m NOT making this up. I wish I were.
I saw this story yesterday, and I refused to read all of it until today after I had wrapped my head to guard against an explosion that would have taken out the whole cul de sac. It’s really getting this bad. It really is.
Of course ground zero for the latest rot infesting Western society as we know it is Oregon, which has officially become Bizarro World, where up is down and dumb is brilliant. The state’s far, far Left governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 744 into law, so for the next five years, an Oregon high school diploma will not guarantee that the student whose name is on it can read, write or do math at a high school level. I keep reading that sentence over and over, and I still can’t believe it. If a high school diploma does not certify that the student receiving it has minimal proficiency in what a high school is charged with teaching, then what does a diploma stand for? Why go to high school at all?
Brown had refused to say whether she supported the wacko plan passed by the Legislature to drop the requirement that students demonstrate they have achieved those essential skills. Now, Oregonians are learning, she signed the bill into law on July 14. She just didn’t tell anybody about it. Brown’s office did not hold a signing ceremony or issue a press release. The governor’s signing the bill was not noted in the legislative database until July 29, though the normal practice is to update the public database the same day a bill is signed.
Is it possible that nobody leaked this to the press? Or is it more likely that someone did, but the usual Pravda journalists just kept Brown’s secret? In Oregon, anything is possible.
Democracy dies in darkness, by the way.
Through a spokesperson, the governor refused to comment on the law and why she supported issuing high school diplomas to graduates who shouldn’t graduate and couldn’t function in the workplace or society. Charles Boyle, the governor’s deputy communications director, “explained'” in an emailed statement to news outlets that suspending the reading, writing and math proficiency requirements while the state develops new graduation standards will benefit “Oregon’s Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.”
Oh. Like so much else that is counter-productive, retrograde and makes no sense coming out of woke governments lately, this is going to benefit minorities. I need a bit of elaboration on that. How is graduating from high school without being able to read, write or do ‘rithmatic’ going to benefit anyone? Isn’t Boyle’s statement racist on its face? Minorities will benefit because they will get a fake but real diploma telling people that they have skills they never acquired, and could not have otherwise graduated without, because, you know, minorities? Or is the thinking that graduating illiterate white students will level the playing field to compensate for all that systemic racism?
No wonder Brown doesn’t want the public to know about the law. And fortunately for her, the mainstream news media isn’t reporting the story. If they wait long enough, maybe nobody in Oregon will be able to read it anyway.
With this post, “The Ripley” officially enters the Ethics Alarms lexicon, signifying an ethics story that is so outrageous it defies belief.