Has anyone noticed that these kids graduate when they can't read, write or do math? The key word here is graduate. The kids may not get much encouragement at home but they aren't getting it in school either. Kids that couldn't do the work used to fail and not graduate. Public schools keep lowering the bar so "underprivileged" kids can maintain their self esteem and union teachers don't have to exert themselves. This scenario will keep getting worse until the union stranglehold on public education is broken and parents are given alternative educational choices. That isn't going to happen under socialism.