It’s an education bombshell. Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system. The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2´s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.
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My mother left school at age 12 (1930), dad at age 14 (1931). Both could read and write and do arithmetic. Dad chose Shakespeare, good novelists and the DEMs all his life. He particularly liked Yeats and Graham Greene. The quality of his writing was stunning. Thank heavens I saved almost all his letters. Mum´s first job was as a lowly housemaid who slept in a freezing attic, dad was a grocery delivery boy, then a coal miner.
Chucking money at the schools isn´t the answer and it´s been obvious for decades.
And yet NYC spends more per student than practically anywhere else in the country. Logic dictates at least 3 possible conclusions. 1) The amount of money spent per student is either irrelevant or is being spent in the wrong areas. 2) Teachers in NYC are, in general, not as competent as other teachers around the country. 3) Students in NYC are just not as smart as other students around the country.
The story should say only 20% or recent graduates can read. What about the other, larger part of that age group that did not even graduate. Good job unions! Good job Bloomburg! Now there is a ready labor pool for the BIG GULP police. Name one reason New Yorkers would want to live (and be taxed there) or raise their young families there. Big apple my foot.
I am getting tired of hearing that we need to spend more money on education. We spend plenty of money on education. The problem is that these spoiled brats that we call students don´t appreciate the great gift that we are giving them. They throw the opportunity away because "it´s no cool" or "I don´t want to do the work". enough is enough. This is one place where the Europeans are doing it right. At about the 7th or 8th grade we should evaluate the performance of every student and decide whether they are going to continue their academic education, with a goal of college and a cushy job, or whether they are going to begin vocational training and work as a manual laborer. I am tired of throwing money at students that don´t care, assuming that every child is college bound. Not every child SHOULD go to college. Some are just not smart enough, either with intelligence or with the appreciation to know what they are being offered.
Well, gaaaaaaaswwllleeeee!! And all this tahm Ah thawt the only dumb chillerns wuz down here in the South. Them yankees dun told us for years and years how smart they is! /s. Democrat idiots! The 20% or so who CAN read probably attended Catholic schools or some other type of private school.
But the 80% received A+´s in self-esteem! Wouldn´t want to bruise their fragile egos by forcing them to repeat a grade until they could read, write, speak grammatically correct english and do basic math.
Failed leadership. Nanny Bloomberg concentrates on soda, earplugs, and baby formula while 80% of HS graduates can´t handle basic English. There´s a saying in industry that explains it all: when you lose control of the things you should control, you shift to things that you can control. E.G., coffee break time, lunch time, etc.
If I ever hear another teacher whine about standardized testing, and I will, I will come back with this statistic. What profession has an 80% failure rate and is still allowed to exist as is? There should be tests yearly and if the child doesn´t pass, he can not move on to the next grade. That is the crux of this problem; the teachers continue to pass the student, no matter what! I will also ask would they like to go to a doctor with an 80% fail rate? Or have an air traffic controller in the tower who goofed 80% of the time? Etc.
#16, for around 14 years I typed (and edited) term papers, theses and dissertations for Tulane students in New Orleans. Many of them came from New York state and, although they must have been judged ready for college English, many of them could not spell or write a coherent sentence. I had only ten years of English schooling.
What does this tell you?
Check how many colleges have remedial reading, writing and math courses. Check how many score on a bell curve.
This is what happens when all the inferior minorities that have been bred, fed and imported by the liberals in government for the past 50 years are setting the standards. Read "The Bell Curve" for some inconvenient truths.
What´s really nice to know is that the graduation rate of those schools is up 40%, the fact that most of them can´t read (at level) in immaterial. Math? Who needs math when you have a calculator, but I digress.
This is exactly how the Dems and socialists want it. They want to dumb down the entire population--especially people of color. It is all about creating a new class of loyal slaves who will accept what are told and who will not question their masters. Leftists are evil--they do NOT believe in freedom and self-determination. What is sad is that we, the people, have allowed it to get this far.
SAN FRANCISCO — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills. Jewell said the logjam on Capitol Hill has created a conservation backlog, and she warned that the Obama administration would not "hold its breath forever" waiting for lawmakers to act. "The president will not hesitate," Jewell said in an interview in San Francisco last week. "I can tell you that there are places that are ripe for setting aside."
Of all the events commemorating the half-century since the Kennedy assassination, Ted Kennedy Jr. said Saturday night’s reunion of John F. Kennedy’s White House staff was the one not to be missed. “I don’t want to go to Arlington Cemetery,’’ he told hostess Nancy Hogan Dutton. “What I want is to be here in your home.’’ The point of the gathering of about 100 old friends was not the death of the president but his life — and theirs when they worked for him. No matter what they went on to achieve, reaching for the moon was hard to top.
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Appearing on Andrea Mitchell´s MSNBC 1 p.m. ET hour show on Tuesday, Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy slammed the press for not doing its job in pointing out the hypocrisy of ObamaCare being delayed for certain groups but not for all Americans: "...the media won´t even ask the question about, ´Why are you [the Obama administration] treating families different than big businesses?´...That´s how pathetic, I think, news reporting has become, when we won´t ask tough questions to the administration.
Perhaps no historical figure is more deeply mired in legend and myth than Jesus of Nazareth. Outside of the Gospels — which are not so much factual accounts of Jesus but arguments about His religious significance — there is almost no trace of this simple Galilean peasant who inspired the world’s largest religion. But there’s enough biblical scholarship about the historical Jesus to raise questions about some of the myths that have formed around Him over the past 2,000 years. 1. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The first Christians seem to have had little interest in Jesus’s early years. Stories about His
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It´s no secret that Sarah Palin is mighty steamed at MSNBC and Martin Bashir over his despicable remarks about the abusive treatment he imagines for her. And now she´s doing something about it. The former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor was scheduled to sit down with Matt Lauer for a Christmas season interview. That´s now toast. Palin has now canceled Lauer´s scheduled trip to Wasilla, a source close to her tells me. It´s not because Palin is upset with Lauer or the "Today" show, but as a protest against NBC for not taking action against Bashir. In fact, Palin once sat
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