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Published in Arizona Republic
03/05/2005

To the editor


Regarding all the hoopla and politics regarding the "AIMS" test:



How about this: Take Tom Horne's idea of "stickers" on diplomas one step further, and add another sticker that says "Failed AIMS." Then, without further penalty, award the student his or her diploma.



After 10 years, see if awarding a diploma to a kid who had completed all the requirements for graduation except passing AIMS made any difference. I guarantee it will not. AIMS does not predict success in life.

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And, to you high school students who are struggling with this politicians' input into your lives, don't sweat it. You can still attend college, get a job, and have a great life without passing AIMS. Work hard, get the best grades you are capable of, go to school, and if you can't pass AIMS, well, there's the GED.



If enough of you quit making your lives miserable worrying about a test that has no real-life validity, eventually the politicians will get the message that your academic lives are beyond their control. Remember the '60s?



Oh, and with a bachelor's, two master's and a doctorate degree from Arizona State University, and having worked successfully in education and the courts for over 40 years - I don't have a high school diploma.



Power to the students!





Ken Cole


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