Schools that cost money but produce unprepared graduates

Another bad report card for our schools, as we read in The Dallas Morning News:

"Handing out dismal grades, the Nation’s Report Card says America’s high school seniors lack critical math and reading skills for an increasingly competitive global economy.   

Only about one-quarter are performing proficiently or better in math and just 4 in 10 in reading. And they're not improving, the report says, reinforcing concerns that large numbers of today’s students are unprepared for either college or the workplace.  

Scores on the 2013 exam in both subjects were little changed from 2009, when the National Assessment of Educational Progress was last given to 12th-graders. The new results, released Wednesday, come from a representative sample of 92,000 public and private school students.  

The report follows the just-released and seemingly more encouraging research that U.S. high school graduation rates in 2012 reached 80 percent, a record."

So we continue to graduate kids who can't read or add!  Am I the only one who is horrified with the state of our educational system?

Will any one be held accountable? Can you imagine any business that continues to fail and keep its management staff? 

At some point, we need to be honest and force the public teachers' union to accept reforms, such as giving parents more say in choosing a school.   

Otherwise, we are putting graduates in an international marketplace that they can't compete in!  


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