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“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

dnha14 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 11:42 AM
Idiocracy here we are!!!
eddie again Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 12:20 PM
it is the nature of representatie democracy to have lawmakers who are of limited intelligence and knowledge.

that is why the powers of elected representatives should be diluted based on the number of people they represent. the more people it takes to elect them the fewer powers they should possess.

i realize many will find this concept counter intuitive, but it is nevertheless accurae and its application can only improve a country, a society and a world.

The U.S. education system is failing our kids and has been for decades. Thus, the first step towards solving this problem is admitting that we have one. And we certainly do -- as AFP’s Casey Given points out in his op-ed in The Hill today:

Since 1983, the freshmen high school graduation rate has increased a measly 1.8 percent. Meanwhile, student achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress has stagnated, dropping by 1 point in reading and increasing by merely 4 points in math among 17-year-olds from the early 1980s to 2008. Today, one-third of fourth graders are...