Houston… we have a problem:
How do you create a single graduation exam for 200,000 seniors when some are heading to the Ivy League and others to pump gas? If the standard is set too high, so many will fail — including children with special education needs and students for whom English is a second language — that there will be a public outcry. But if the standard is set too low, the result is a diploma that has little meaning. So far, officials have opted to dumb down the state tests.
It will be 26 years since the Challenger tragedy tomorrow. Today I learned that a teacher was onboard the shuttle. Teachers do amazing things.
On January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded upon takeoff. The Challenger carried a seven-person crew, including the first teacher involved in a space mission.
This Saturday, it will be 26 years since the tragedy. Pictured here are the brave astronauts of the Challenger Crew:
(Back row, left to right) Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka, Teacher in Space Participant S. Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist Greg Jarvis, Mission Specialist Judy Resnick; (front row) Pilot Mike Smith, Commader Dick Scobee, and Mission Specialist Ron McNair.