Sunday, July 25, 2004


Educational Reform in Minnesota

The issue of education standards in Minnesota is a political landmine. The state's Profile of Learning, adopted in 1998, was jettisoned in 2003, and the legislature rejected the governor's choice for education commissioner, Cheri Pierson Yecke, in 2004.

It is with some trepidation, therefore, that I offer my own controversial proposal for educational reform in Minnesota -- all students should be required to demonstrate proficiency in accordion playing and polka dancing before they are allowed to graduate from high school.

If this rule had been in effect earlier, perhaps the Gibbon Ballroom in Gibbon, Minnesota, home to polka lovers for decades, would not now be closing its doors.

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