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“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

Fooling Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:18 PM
We are trying to educate savages. No parents, no socialization and we let them be exposed to cultural influences that would make a self respecting Chinese, Mexican, or Russian parent blush. I would add that the Administrators just make it 100% worse. I feel badly for the good teachers who try very hard.

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...