In response to:

“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

FloridaJim Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:29 AM
This is the result of the 60's radicals commandeering eduction and brainwashing our children. They have revised history making FDR, LBJ and JFK heroic rather than the truth of their failed programs and womanizing while in office. So many of today's problems go back to these 60's radicals and their hatred of America and desire for Marxism. Obama is a product of these radicals with his hippie mother and grandfather who mentored him in Marxism.

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...