The New Math: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Solves Low School Passage Rates By Lowering School Standards

200px-LouisianaGovernorLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has come up with a sure-fire way to improving the performance of students in the low-ranked state: lower the academic standards so more students can pass.

Jindal has signed a law that creates a new and easier public school curriculum despite the fact that educators have objected that it will result in high school graduates with poor understanding of basic mathematics and written English.

Under the new law, eighth-grade students who are 15 years old and fail the mathematics and English sections of the LEAP (Louisiana Educational Assessment Program) test while to move on to the ninth grade. This reverses the prior state law that insists, quite reasonably, that you pass the eighth grade to get into the ninth grade.

This is called the “alternative diploma” program and passed the Louisiana Senate unanimously.

This is a brilliant idea. Consider all of the problems that we could solve by simply creating an “alternative” system — previously known as flunking. We could have zero drunk drivers, completely clean air, and no rickets. World hunger can be a thing of the past if Jindal simply defines a full nutritional diet as 200 calories a day.

It is all a matter of definition. No child will be left behind because no child can fail in Louisiana. Under the Jindal educational system, kids will soon be counting by thumping their feet on the ground. One does not have to know one’s ABCs — A and B will be sufficient (Cs are overblown anyway).

Of course, Jindal may be taking a lesson from Washington where failure is often redefined as success. The Bush administration repeatedly tried (and in some cases succeeded) in lowering environmental standards to show success, here and here and here.

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91 thoughts on “The New Math: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Solves Low School Passage Rates By Lowering School Standards”

  1. This is why, when you start telling lie’s you have to continue to tell them to cover the last one. Do you really want another lier in the Whitehouse, we just got rid of one that was in it for eight freakin years.

    Obama says yesterday he met his wife in class (00:39)

    Barack Obama joined the Chicago law firm, Sidley Austin, as a summer intern in 1989. That’s where he met his future wife, Michelle Robinson, who was his adviser.

    Michelle obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. Obama began Harvard Law School in in the fall of the same year. They were never at law school at the same time. This is just another senseless Obama lie to add to the ever-growing list.

  2. Buddha is Laughing,

    I hear you want to date me. My Ukrainian is better than my understanding of your English. I hope to meet you some day, please make my day and submit yourself to be mine. Will you direct me in my next movie?

    Some say that I am half Russian and half Yugoslavian. I can assure you that I am all woman, your kind. Please come to me.

  3. Bman,

    In re Birthers

    It’s a dead horse legally. You should let that one go. We agree on more than you might suspect, but seriously, the birther thing is nonsense that leads nowhere. It’s propaganda for rubes (and I think you’re smarter than that). There’s plenty to go after BO about and more every day that he’s in office, but that isn’t one of them. If you want to take on the Washington Hypocrisy, which it seems you do, perhaps another avenue of attack would serve you better in the long run. I’m not saying don’t believe he’s not a citizen if you like, but belief and what is actionable (in the broadest sense of the term, not the legal definition) are often two different things. For example, I believe that I want to have sex with Milla Jovovich, but since I don’t know her, my chances approach zero rapidly.

  4. Bdaman,

    Who cares anymore, you have a corrupt court system interested in preserving itself. They only go in at the call of the president. I may be wrong but that was an issued between Jefferson in which Marbury vs Madison was written. Silent but why they gap in Opinions?


    1. Barack Hussein OBAMA was born on 4 August 1961 at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein OBAMA, Sr. of Nyangoma-Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya, and Ann DUNHAM of Wichita, Kansas. His parents met while both were attending the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where his father was enrolled as a foreign student. When Barack Obama was two years old, his parents divorced and his father moved to Connecticut to continue his education before returning to Kenya.When Obama was six, his mother married Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian oil manager. In 1967, when Soetoro’s student visa was revoked because of political unrest in Indonesia, Dunham and Barack, then in first grade, accompanied him to Jakarta, Indonesia. Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro was born after the family moved to Indonesia. Four years later she sent him back to the United States to live with his maternal grandmother.

  6. Vince the controversey of which Hospital he was born in is heating up again.

    On January 24, 2009, Mr. Obama presented a letter to the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children where, in part, he made the following assertion:

    As a beneficiary of the excellence of Kapi`olani Medical Center – the place of my birth – I am pleased to add my voice to your chorus of supporters.

    Their son, also named Barack Hussein Obama, was born on 4 August 1961 at the Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. (News accounts have also previously placed his birth as having occurred at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.)

    an article published in the Rainbow Edition Newsletter, seems to indicate that Mr. Obama was actually born in Queen’s Medical Center:

    A]ccording to Snopes, the popular online hoax-buster that many rely on as the final word on both important and frivolous stories, Obama was born at a different hospital in the Hawaiian capital.

    In Snopes’ entry concerning allegations that Obama is a “radical Muslim,” the site addresses the birth history of the commander in chief, stating, “Barack Hussein Obama was born on 4 August 1961 at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.”

    Update: Snopes has now switched it to Kapi’olani screen shot has been taken before the switch.

    But Snopes is not alone in asserting Obama was born at a hospital other than the one he personally claims.

    A number of news articles published both in the U.S. and abroad name Queen’s Medical Center – not Kapi’olani – as the correct birthplace.

    A United Press International report from Nov. 4 states:

    “Obama described his birth at Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii Aug. 4, 1961, to a young white woman from Kansas and a father of Luo ethnicity from Nyanza Province in Kenya, as an ‘all-America’ story transcending orthodox racial stereotypes and experience.”

    Obama doesn’t even know. Maybe he should of stuck to Honolulu like the COLB says.

  7. Andréas 1, July 8, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Way to go, Gov!

    You are now the first Republican socialdemocrat in the US. What You just did is exactly what socialdemocrats did in Sweden during their time in office…

    May I ask you a question Andreas. ok I will anyway. What label do you place on someone for doing what is the right thing? Does it matter if they are a socialist, democrat, republican?

    You know sir, I would trust more a known atheist than a proclaimed christian. At least with an atheist they usually are following a belief that they truly believe, can you say the same?

  8. Way to go, Gov!

    You are now the first Republican socialdemocrat in the US. What You just did is exactly what socialdemocrats did in Sweden during their time in office…

  9. Well, badman, that lawsuit is just as frivolous as all the rest, and will be dismissed like all the rest. Everyone, you saw it here, first, in writing. Dr. Conspiracy has the full up-to-date details:

    Take, for example, paragraph 20 of the complaint: “Finally, in 1981, Barry Soetoro traveled to Pakistan, when there was a ban for U.S. citizens to travel to Pakistan, therefore the only logical possibility for him to do so was by using one of his other passports: Indonesian, Kenyan, or British.”

    Somebody else posted this pathetic, false fiction on this site. I directed everyone to the official State Department Notice from 1981 that stated citizens traveling on US Passports could get visas to visit Pakistan
    Never heard back on that issue. Just one more example of birther falsehood.

    But the birther conspiracy theorists are impervious to the facts.

    The other issues badman raised in the links are just as frivolous and unfounded, but this is a classic diversionary tactic. Draw the discussion away, into a maze of irrelevancies, to divert attention from the abject failure on issue at hand. No thank you.

  10. Bdaman, I don’t know about your other sources, but the Journal of Historical Review is a well-known outlet for Holocaust deniers. I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock in anything they publish.

  11. bdaman said “I also believe the U.S. Govt had a role in facilitating Pearl Harbor, 9-11, faked moon landings and the hoax of Global Warming.”

    Ok. Fine. Sure.

  12. Vince it’s all good, you say tomato I say Tamatoe. Don’t take it personal. Thats just me. I also believe the U.S. Govt had a role in facilitating Pearl Harbor, 9-11, faked moon landings and the hoax of Global Warming, but again thats just me.

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    This combined with approx. $400k spent between Oct-Dec 2008 plus
    Much of the legal representation was given free by voluteers. Other representation has been by governmental bodies against clearly frivolous lawsuits.

    Do not think something is not possible without first exploring the possibilities. Gahndi

    The golden rule of conduct…is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall see Truth in fragments and from different angles of vision. Conscience is not the same thing for all. Whilst, therefor, it is a good guide for individual conduct, imposition of that conduct upon all will be an insufferable interference with everybody’s freedom of conscience. Gahndi

  13. The COLB was not forged.

    The DC Examiner link above includes comment by Dr. Krawetz, a real person and a real doctor with real credentials, not a pseudonym, and a link to his research posted at:

    Dr. Neal Krawetz says: With regards to Argument #2: My last name is spelled “Krawetz”. I have presented at numerous conferences on forensic topics including image analysis. For related works to this topic, see my BlackHat, CISCON, and Lockdown presentations on image analysis and digital photo forensics.

    While “Ron Polarik” says that his name is an alias and gives unverifiable and questionable credentials, I am a real person and my credentials are verifiable.
    July 6, 9:33 PM UNQUOTE

    The argument that the COLB was forged is on a par with the argument that the 1969 Moon landing was staged on Earth. The COLB is in fact a valid birth certificate showing that Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961

    “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

  14. Coprrection: Computer-generated Certifications of Live Birth (COLB) are now issued. “Certificates of Live Birth” are no longer issued, so Obama cannot get one 9even though the birthers keep asking for one). As noted, the COLB is a valid “birth certificate” under Hawaii law, under the federal law posted above, and under the pending House bill to require Obama to prove his birth if he runs for reelection in 2012.

  15. To bdaman, the questions about Obama’s life have been answered. You just do not want to hear those answers. Even conservatives are getting tired of the fringe birthers.

    Why don’t you answer a few questions yourself for the readers out there? Why does it matter if an Obama website used the words native born instead of natural born, if they mean the same thing? What is the legal effect of this? Tell us. My answer is that the use of alternate words that mean the same thing makes no difference at all.

    Do you or do you not hold that the posted COLB is a forgery, as alleged by another poster at this site? What is your answer? Probably that you do not know, but that can only because you do not want to look at the evidence. As I said, numerous experts have said it is not a forgery, and even World Net Daily agreed. I hold that it is valid and genuine. What is your answer?

    Obama is not going to Kenya. So what?

    You again say that he will not release the original. This has been explained over and over again. There is no other form that can be released. Hawaii now only issues computer-generated Certificates of Life Birth (COLB) to everyone who applies. I have posted the federal law, enacted in the fight against terrorism, that sets standards for birth certificates.

    Neither Obama nor any other applicant can get any other form, whether it is called long form or vault copy or anything else. He has released the only birth certificate that Hawaii can give him. When the reporters asked the Press Secretary about the birth certificate, he responded truthfully that it had been released. That is your answer.

    Obama has released his birth certificate. It is valid. It shows he was born in the United States. Get over it. Move on.

    You wrote that “As the President, even by executive order, could tell Hawaii to release all information about him.” All the lawyers at this site will tell you that under the Constitution and our federal system, the President cannot issue an Executive Order to a State. Executive Orders cover the Executive Branch. Congress may sometimes enact legislation that affects States, and may delegate some authority to the President, but it has not done so here. The lawyers here will confirm this. Please try to learn something,

    The rumor that he has spent millions in legal fees is false. Much of the legal representation was given free by voluteers. Other representation has been by governmental bodies against clearly frivolous lawsuits.

    Here is a link to a conservative reporter in a conservative paper, the DC Examiner. Try to learn from him:

    I have had my say and answered your questions. Now it is your turn.

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