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Almost 80% of NYC High School Graduates Need Remedial Classes Before Attending Community College

kabbie Wrote: Mar 10, 2013 11:35 AM
Has anyone noticed that these kids graduate when they can't read, write or do math? The key word here is graduate. The kids may not get much encouragement at home but they aren't getting it in school either. Kids that couldn't do the work used to fail and not graduate. Public schools keep lowering the bar so "underprivileged" kids can maintain their self esteem and union teachers don't have to exert themselves. This scenario will keep getting worse until the union stranglehold on public education is broken and parents are given alternative educational choices. That isn't going to happen under socialism.

Put another way, only about 20 percent of students who graduate high school in New York City are academically prepared to take -- and presumably pass -- college courses. This should be a wake-up call, America (via CBS New York):

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...