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80% of New York High School Grads Can’t Read

Despite Being No. 1 in School Spending


"And there’s your problem. Promotion results in graduating students who don’t know anything. High school grad rates increase, but the high school graduates don’t know anything. And their college becomes an extension of high school. Eventually a PhD becomes the equivalent of a college degree and then a high school degree. And then we’re Russia or Cuba, boasting about our education rates despite the fact that the diplomas we hand out are mostly worthless.

But I’m sure Bloomberg will just blame his failure on Global Warming or the NRA."

---------Full article linked above.

80% - Unfreaking believable. Dumbed down to the point of not being able to read nor write. They can text, order a #3 meal, drive a car, and they can vote!

Scary, isn't it?

And it's not just the young high school students who can't read either...this article suggests that 14% of the American public are illiterate.


14% ? I don't buy it...Try about 30% I work with at least 100 people/clients a day and many simply can't read. About 3 out of 10 clients can not read - on a good day.

Basic reading, writing, math, and language skills are shot.

Back in the old days, peasants and slaves could not read nor write...they were uneducated Euro peons.

Public high schools (and dumb parents) are doing a fine job of producing uneducated, illiterate zombies all over America.

"Recent polls have shown a fifth (20%) of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?"


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Success! 20% of High School grads can read!

I cal that suces.

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This was from back when..

kids could drink any size soda they wanted.. pshhhh.. now their scores are gonna be off the chizarts.. what what!

Some time ago in a blackout a buddy entered a store

The store was still open, shelves stocked and my buddy had cash. He grabbed a drink and walked to check out. "I'm sorry I can't sell you that" said the girl.

Guess why not. Because she couldn't get the cash drawer open? No, she had it open. Because she didn't know the prices? It was labelled on the can. She couldn't do cash sales without the register because it told her how much change to give customers.

Well at least the poor thing could presumably count.

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Government school is not supposed to educate.

Misleading title

"Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system."

It's not 80% of graduates, it's 80% of graduates who decide to go to the City University community college. 100% of high school graduates don't choose to go to community college. Needing remedial classes is not "can't read" either.

Remedial classes means they

Remedial classes means they can read Burger King, McDonald's, KFC, FREE, three or four letter words, text messages, Jersey Shore, tampons, condoms, football, detention, and pompoms.

On top of not being able to read, they can't speak either! They whisper, softly because the public education system in America is not designed to give individuals a backbone to stand on. It is designed to make people dumb, and dependent.

Not only are they dependent upon the public education system, they are dependent upon the basis of also needing a college degree in order to get a job that pays less than $15 an hour...

THEY WANT US TO BE DUMB AND DOCILE....dumber people makes for cheaper labor.

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All true. It's still a misleading title

This is just one of those silly topics that everybody enjoys because it confirms some idea they already carry around. Whatever. It's true that public schools are designed to make people idiots but it doesn't make a misleading headline and wildly-spun story any more insightful. This kind of reporting is poison. Seriously. If you don't see it now, give it some time.

Re NYC schools, that may be true that

the 80% of high school graduates needing to learn BASIC SKILLS applied to 80% of those students going on to the city's community college system. But while there are surely some better-prepared students going directly to four-year colleges, there are also those who graduate who will not be going on to any college - probably *more* likely to be in need of learning basic skills than their college-bound peers. There are also those who don't graduate at all who would be even more likely fit that category vs. those who do graduate. See this 2011-2012 assessment for city schools (Click High Schools, then various parameters listed at the bottom, including but not limited to College & Career Readiness) for a dismal look: http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/report/default.htm

If a HIGH SCHOOL student who has GRADUATED after completing years of English/ language arts curriculum (including four years at the secondary-level) needs to, post-graduation, "relearn basic skills" before going on, I think "can't read" is probably an appropriate-enough way to describe the general situation.

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I would also add

That the graduates who are applying to community colleges are the BOTTOM students. It's like saying "80% of the bottom students are remedial readers" - which is really an unremarkable statement.
The article does not state what % of NYC high school graduates are pursuing community colleges. I'll bet anything that most of the NYC graduates who are applying to top private and state universities are NOT remedial readers.

The article is an example of propaganda, based upon the fact that most people do not read past a headline. Somebody wanted to slam Bloomberg, so they created a sensational headline to convey something that isn't true. Although I dislike Bloomberg, his policies for education is one of the few things that I would NOT criticize him for.

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If I have the ability to live 1000 years, would I want to live 1000 years? At this rate I would get to a future where the remains of society is living in the crumbling cities of the past and you have the small numbers of elite living in golden towers as they look down their noses to the outside world.

No wonder I dont feel I fit in with many people.

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