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“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

rauljg69 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 1:53 PM
(a) giving parents more choice about where they send their kids to school ?? A parent that doesn't give a rats a ss in one school wont in another. Parents need to be more involved period.
rauljg69 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 1:56 PM
Motivated educated driven parents will make sure their kids are motivated driven and get the right education. Every public school system I know has magnet programs, honors classes, A/P classes. Those that push their kids and expect more and are involved with the system get more out of it. Whether it be private public charter home school or whatever.
Becca in TX Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 2:02 PM
How many kids do you have, Raul?
rauljg69 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 2:04 PM

2, 8, 9, 10 grades right now. All public school.
JamesB2 Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 4:15 PM
Except for the black kids that were vouchered to better schools in DC. Obama put a stop to that.

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...