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“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

pbergen Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 12:33 PM
progressive thinkers have ruined a good education system because they want to teach diversity and gay rights instead of reading, writing and arithmetic, science and history. these basic courses are the key to learning, not social justice and radical thinking.
TunTavern Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 3:49 PM
And what did the right want to teach them?
That's there some mythical being up in the sky orchestrating everything here on earth? That a man fit two of every animal on a boat...that another man walked on water...that some guy lost his superhuman strength to a haircut...
DCM in FL Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 12:48 PM
They want to tell kids what to think, not how to think.

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...