Re Carl Champlin's letter critical of the possible move of the Georgia legislature to give a half credit to those who take a Scholastic Aptitude Test prep class:
The state of Georgia is trying to raise test scores, sir. One way to do this is to provide an incentive for students to take and pass the SAT by providing practice in the types of questions they will encounter on the test. It is true that basic education is very important to all students, but the nuances of the SAT are not part of basic education, as I am sure you will recognize. Many of the questions on the SAT are extremely complex.
The half credit proposal is a reward for test preparation only. Passing the test is its own reward. No one is talking about Cafeteria 101 or Library 102. Have you taken the SAT lately, sir? If yes, I am glad it was a piece of cake for you.
However, not everyone is so fortunate as to be a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon. And if the plan works, perhaps you could petition the South Carolina legislature to do the same thing.