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“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

rmccarthy Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:16 PM
The normal, worldly person will not be wiser than his teacher...in most cases, not wise at all. I, on the other hand, will not be as wise as God but will be wise.

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...