What is this guy doing running a school?

I have to wonder if there's some shenanigans going on in the testing at this school--I have no basis for that belief, but then again, neither neither does the principal of Boca High for his explanation.

BOCA RATON · Students may have worked hard, but it was God who led Boca Raton High School to its A grade from the state and numerous other accomplishments last year, Principal Geoff McKee said.


McKee, 42, believes the widespread prayer efforts achieved a miracle for the formerly C-rated school, which got B's in 2003 and 2004 before its A school year. He said the school district had anticipated a D for Boca High last year after students took diagnostic exams designed to predict scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests later in the year.

And it gets worse. This upsets me, because I teach at a university that will get a lot of these students, and I don't need freshmen coming into my class thinking that prayer is going to bail them out when they're facing a bad grade. I need them to know that only hard work and effort is going to keep them going.

So congratulations to the students of Boca High for the improvements, as well as to the faculty and staff of that institution--the credit is yours. You did the work, you made the improvements, and I imagine you know that. I hope you're upset as well, because your boss just basically said that you're pathetic and that only the prayers of people who don't have anything to do with you saved your butts. He diminished your achievements, and to me, that's a sign of poor leadership.

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