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“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

Nomas Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 7:47 AM
The schools are so focused on trying to replace absent or disfunctional parents or indoctrinating their students in support of the latest progressive priority that they forget their primary mission to teach basic skills in reading, writing, and math.

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...