The Profile of Learning is gone. The controversial set of academic standards collapsed May 19 like a relative who'd stayed too long for dinner.
It had been so roundly criticized, and for so long, that there was nothing left to do than for Minnesota legislators to give it one final push out the door.
House and Senate leaders want to replace the project-driven Profile with a standard that will emphasize traditional book-learning and knowledge learned. Gov. Pawlenty is on the right track by favoring rigorous new targets for five core subjects. Students will be asked to understand specific facts and concepts according to grade level.
This plan, referring back to basics, is so simple it's brilliant. It stands to confound the experts, who have traditionally favored bells and whistles to tried-and-true methods.
If handled correctly, it will eliminate the bureaucratic mess ushered in with the Profile and teach information students should learn, but often haven't. We particularly look with interest toward history, geography and social studies courses.
For too long now, students have been diverted from a true understanding of their American roots. Too many of them couldn't correctly identify most of the last five U.S. presidents, and too many appreciate little about the principles that guided our founding fathers.
And by the way, it wouldn't hurt to show them where to find France and Portugal on a globe.
-- Daily Globe of Worthington
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