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(1 of 2) ‘Dumbing Down Americuh’ – Doral school awards dubious (???) diplomas

Via: Miami New Times

It began with a poster on a streetlight in downtown Miami: “High School Diploma.”

I dialed, and a chipper female voice answered, “Hello. High school.”

EIGHT days and $399 in cash later, at the school’s Doral “campus” — a cramped third-floor office next door to US Lubricant LLC and across the hall from a hair extensions company — I was grinning widely, accepting a framed diploma and an official transcript sporting a 3.41 GPA.

The degree is accepted at, among other local institutions of higher education, Miami Dade College. And it came blissfully free of that pesky annoyance suffered by thousands of local students graduating from high school this month: education.

At InterAmerican Christian Academy, my new alma mater, to earn a diploma you need only to pass five very brief and easy take-home tests. Because I can’t be bothered with such things, I distributed them to local kids ages 8 to 13 to complete. Then I copied their answers.

The youngsters didn’t break a sweat. “This is medium-easy,” said the 8-year-old girl who completed high school English literature for me. “No problems,” commented the 10-year-old who nailed math.

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2011-06-02/news/interamerican-christian-academy-awards-dubious-diplomas/

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From their website:

Mission:  To unite and educate members of our worshiping community through Christ.

Vision:  To bring Hope and assistance to those in need in our community in the form of education.
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STATEMENT OF FAITH
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1. We believe that the Holy Bible, both old and new testament were inspired by God, all the teachings are Holy and real.
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2. There is only one God, existing eternally in the Trinity: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
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3. We believe that Salvation is a gift of God’s Grace.  Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men.  Those who   repent and believe in him, are born again through the Holy Spirit and receive the gift of eternal life.
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4.  We believe in the spiritual unity of followers and believers in Christ.
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5.  We believe in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We believe in the resurrection of the dead.

6.  To God we give all the Glory; except of course the $399, preferably cash.
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June 7, 2011 Posted by | Rick Scott | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments