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Luna: Kids Meet Too Low Standards

Idaho’s education system faces a “stark reality,” state schools Superintendent Tom Luna told a special legislative committee this morning: “Kids are meeting our standards, but they aren’t the right standards any more.” The state has a “very high graduation rate, one of the highest in the country,” Luna said, but one of the lowest percentages of students that go on to further education after high school. “And then we see that of those that do go on, almost half of them have to take remedial courses,” he said. “Thirty-eight percent of them do not go on to their second year.” As a result, fewer than 40 percent of Idaho adults have some sort of degree or certificate beyond high school. “That’s in a world where 60 percent of jobs require some form of post-secondary degree or certificate”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Why don't Idahoan parents and students value college?

Palin To Grads: Get Off Your Butts

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, right, hugs Republic High graduate Tyler Weyer, who introduced her and helped organize the invitation to speak, as the graduation speaker Saturday, during graduation exercises at Republic High School. The event drew Palin fans from around the region and was a major coup for the graduates who wooed her as a graduation speaker. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Former Alaska governor and Republican firebrand Sarah Palin brought a gift and a surprise for residents of this town of 1,100 who crowded the high school gym to celebrate its graduation Saturday afternoon. Grads found the gift taped under their chairs onstage: a dollar bill. The currency taught a life lesson, Palin said. “You gotta get off your butt to make a buck,” Palin said, to cheers from the crowd of 700 or so who had nabbed tickets to the event. The surprise came later, as Palin revealed the motivation for her acceptance of the invitation from senior class President Tyler Weyer and the rest of the 26-member graduating class. The group posed in the school’s front yard holding a “We Want You, Governor Palin!” banner that went viral on Facebook and eventually led to her agreeing to deliver the commencement address/Kip Hill, SR. More here.

Question: What short message would you want to say to today's graduates?

Sarah Palin’s Biggest Fan

The closest Tyler Weyer has been to Sarah Palin was dressing as her — red blouse, auburn wig, rimless glasses and all. About a month ago, before his classmates, teachers, principal and mother, the 17-year-old senior wobbled on high heels, purchased from the “11 plus” shelf at Value Village in Spokane. He towered over a blonde eighth-grade girl in a pantsuit on the Republic High School stage as they discussed the role of sexism in the 2008 presidential campaign. “So please,” implored Tyler to the audience, “Stop photoshopping my head on sexy bikini photos.” “Stop saying I have cankles,” the eighth-grader deadpanned/Deanna Pan, Inlander. More here. (Young Kwak's Inlander photo: Republic High School teacher Liz Bremner dolls up Tyler Weyer, who played Sarah Palin for a school event)

Question: Name someone whom you are a big fan of?

NIC Graduates Record Number

A record number of graduates participated in commencement ceremonies at North Idaho College today. About 400 to 500 students participated in the graduation ceremonies. Some 1,100 were eligible to do so. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

DFO: I'll be attending one graduation this summer — that of Amy Dearest, who will be receiving a master's degree in family counseling from Portland State. How about you?

Question: How many — and what kind — of graduations will you attend this summer?

Tutu To Zag Grads: Keep Dreaming

Archbishop Desmond Tutu brought his message of social justice and equality to Gonzaga University’s graduation ceremony Sunday, urging students to dream dreams that could change the world. Tutu, a central figure in South Africa’s fight against apartheid, has scaled back public appearances in recent years, but said he accepted Gonzaga’s invitation because he remains inspired by the idealism of the young. “I have to tell you, I can’t resist young people,” said the 80-year-old Tutu, a Nobel Prize winner and retired Anglican archbishop of Cape Town. “They are some of the most incredible creatures in God’s creation.” Student activism during the 1980s helped pressure the United States to divest in South Africa, which eventually toppled the racist government and led to democratic elections/Becky Kramer, SR. More here. (SR photo)

Question: Is today's youth more politically active than the ones of your g-g-generation?

APhoto Of The Day — 6.10.10

Danielle Post is the name of the Lake Weir (Fla.) High School graduate wearing this cap Wednesday, photographed by Bruce Ackerman for AP/Ocala Star-Banner. You write the cutline.

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Congrats!!! UR Valdiktor’n — Cabbage Boy.
  • 2. I wnt 2 b ur bss — Charlie
  • 3. Sadly, an entire generation of text messagers has no idea what’s wrong with this picture — Formerly Sandpoint.

A Proud Moment

As many of you know, son, Seth, graduated from medical school at UColorado Denver Friday, with his medical degree as well as a doctorate in neuro-science. Here, you see the young man shortly after being awarded his second degree last week, along with Mrs. O, Amy Dearest and me. Just wanted to let you know that I wasn’t entirely goofing off during my 5-plus days away from the blog. My daughter-in-law was handling the photo duties.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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