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“One-Third of Fourth Graders are Functionally Illiterate”

shubi_ Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 11:34 AM
50% of all people are average or below in IQ. Trying to teach the lower 33% the same lessons as the upper 33% is hurting everyone. Libs try to wish away dummies and send the dummies to college. What they end up with are people who feel like failures, people who could have been successful at non-academic endeavors.
eddie again Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 12:18 PM
shubi i agree. but, i would add that IQ measures only certain human abiliities. you are right that just because a person's IQ is identiied as being below the average does not mean that person does not have other skills and abilities that surpass the same skills and abilities of people with above average IQs.

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...