Of COURSE, raising standards alone and making schools accountable will not make much of a
difference. When will parents ever become accountable???!!! When will school districts have
the resources to track down students who are truant? When will school boards have the
backbone to stand up to parents who don4t send their kids to school every day? Or defend
their delinquents? Or care only that the kid is eligible for sports? I think it4s past time
to start holding kids back a grade if they don4t measure up. Critics mention the emotional
impact that has, but what about the ninth grader who hits a wall and can4t keep up with his
The only way to change education in this country is to change American society.