Staff Editorial

The theme for the school year
is Unity in Community. Do we
have the community? Yes. Do we
have the unity? Not so much. The
concept for this has been offering
a multitude of service opportunities
for students to take part
in will consequently unify them.
The issue with that approach,
though, is that only the students
who are interested in volunteering
are the ones who are unified.
To bring the Unity in Community
campaign to life, action
needs to be taken. The quantity
of service opportunities is fantastic,
there is a lot for students to
participate in, but unless we are
unified, it is simply service opportunities
with no bigger meaning.
Don’t get us wrong, the overall
idea of Unity in Community is
great, but until a strategy comes
about that can achieve it, that’s
all it is: an idea. Maybe, it would
be a better strategy to unify the
student body, and then offer the
abundance of community service
opportunities. That way the idea
becomes reality and the participation
level in community service
activities increases.

The truth is out: Hanover’s not on top

Staff Editorial

As it turns out, Hanover is not the number one school in Virginia, and definitely not in the nation. Well, that is according to the standards of Wash­ington Posts list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Now are these standards fair? Our managing staff thinks not.

This is how the rankings played out: AtleeHigh School took first out of the four HanoverCountyPublicHigh Schools coming in at number 58, the Patriots of Patrick Henry fol­lowed behind at number 67, Lee-Davis holds third at number 70 and Hanover brings up the rear at number 82. Let’s forget about being number one in the state; we’re not even considered num­ber one in the county or so the article says.

Jay Mathews is the one at Wash­ington Post that determined the fate of our rank. The way he compiles the list is as follows: the total number of Ad­vanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced In­ternational Certificate of Education (AICE) tests given at a school each year is divided by the number of se­niors who graduated in June. This gives Mathews a “Challenge Index.” A ratio of at least 1,000 (this means that there were as many tests given as the number of graduates) is required to be put on the national list and ranked based on the ratio.

Essentially, everyone in the school could take an AP test, earn a one and we would improve our ranking. The managing staff feels that this is not a sufficient or a fair way to rank schools. It does not take into consid­eration the class work or curriculum of the teachers of such course: or the grades or scores the students at each school achieved. In theory if the class or course is more challenging, then the student taking the coarse should be working hard and should in the end get a higher grade or score in the class.

The managing staff feels that Ha­nover is unfairly ranked. As students we’ve been through these courses and we know that they are no walk in the park. That’s not to imply that the advanced courses at other schools are easier. We just believe that it’s an unfair assumption to say because we have fewer students taking the class the school isn’t as challenging. In theory shouldn’t it be the other way around? If a class was more challeng­ing wouldn’t fewer students be in it because it wouldn’t be as easier to get the A every student in high school es­sentially wants to achieve.

Six of six managing staff members agree with this editorial.

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