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Monday, November 5, 2007

Yeah, but think of the band programs

In the midst of all the recent drama about redistricting at South Lakes High School, a Washington Post story about the IB program's Middle Years Program at Langston Hughes Middle School pointed out an unexpected surprise -- at least to those folks who keep carping about SLHS' "reputation":

Past and present Langston Hughes parents are greeting an unexpected jump in SAT scores at South Lakes -- the biggest this year in Fairfax County -- as proof that they were right to go with the MYP, perhaps the most challenging middle school program in America for non-magnet schools.
Of course, that progress didn't come easily. The moderators that oversee IB programs have provided plenty of criticism of specific programs at both schools. And then there's this:
The letter published in the Reston Connection four years ago said the program at Langston Hughes Middle School promoted "socialism, disarmament, radical environmentalism, and moral relativism, while attempting to undermine Christian religious values and national sovereignty."
Of course, the same could be said for just about everything in Reston.
Well, all that... and this, too.

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