But I thought our Public Education system was the best in the world?
.....but the fools still have to pay attention!!!!
Believe me, this kind of s*t rots my socks, because I'm married to a teacher, and see all of the hoops SHE has to jump through, in an attempt to teach the kids. But THEY stumble in every day, all f***ed up, with all sorts of "issues", because their parents have been long time alcohol and drug abusers, and the teachers are stuck dealing with it....and at the same time, criticized to high heaven, because Johnny and Janie can't read or write at any sort of acceptable level.
Think I'm kidding?? My wife put 35 years in as a full time teacher, retired, and now subs a couple of days a week. The school where she now is, has this one kid who likes to walk out of class, go into the gym, where he takes off his clothes and takes a dump on the floor. Think THAT'S normal behavior???
You are not reading this right, sub006. It's not that 80% can't get into college. They can. It's that they can't function.
80% of high-school graduates ought to be ready for college. Maybe only 20% should be able to gain something from it and get a useful degree, sure.
But what this says is that 80% of the HS graduates can't read a newspaper and understand what they've read.
Are students ever required to repeat a grade anymore, or has "failing" gone the way of the dodo?
I was in public grade school during the fifties. Every year there were several kids who didn't pass. They couldn't do the basic skills well enough to go on to the next grade. Yeah, I'm sure it was humiliating for them to be "held back", but that was better than allowing them to fall further behind in order to preserve their self-esteem.