Minimally Adequate Education Essay

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Minimally Adequate Education in the State of South Carolina
In the state of South Carolina, public school's students are educated on the basis of a minimally adequate education. South Carolina legislators have interpreted the definition for minimally adequate education, given by the South Carolina Supreme Court, into curriculum requirements for students across the state. South Carolina legislators’ curriculum expectations for graduating high school students are below average. In relation, the students of South Carolina are being hindered from seeing and reaching their full potential by being “normed” to do below average work. Minimally adequate education provides a foundation for inequity in schools and leaves students unprepared for
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the South Carolina Constitution's education clause states, “It is the purpose of the General Assembly in this chapter: To guarantee to each student in the public schools of South Carolina the availability of at least minimum educational programs and services appropriate to his needs, and which are substantially equal to those available to those students with similar needs and reasonably comparable from a program standpoint to those students of all other classifications, notwithstanding geographic differences and varying local economic factors” (Abbeville 6). The South Carolina Supreme Court remanded the Abbeville et al. case because they felt Abbeville failed to realize the South Carolina Constitution's education clause did not provide the criteria needed to determine if the education their students were getting was inadequate (Abbeville 6). The South Carolina Supreme Court remanded the case, but felt that it was their duty to interpret the education clause into criteria that could be applied equally to students. They interpreted the clause by stating that a minimally adequate education is, “the ability to read, write and speak the English language, and knowledge of mathematics and physical science; a fundamental knowledge of economic, social and political systems, and of history and governmental processes; and academic and vocational
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