80 Percent of NYC High School Graduates Can’t Read but they Eat Salads for Lunch

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is concerned about the people of New York. He’s banned sugary drinks in containers larger than 32 ounces, salt, and polystyrene foam products. Smokers were no longer allowed to light up in New York parks. In order to cut down on elementary and middle school obesity rates, Bloomberg initiated the Salads in Schools program. In 2007, Bloomberg introduced an initiative for chain restaurants to display calorie information on menus and menu boards.

Here’s the problem. The majority of young people graduating from high school won’t be able to read the regulations or know what a 62-ounce drink is since 80 percent of them are deficient in reading and math skills:

“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. . . . [T]hose who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.

“In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics. . . .

“They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.”

This is typical of utopian visions of State-control of behavior. So much emphasis is put into forcing people to behave in certain ways while the necessary skills to make it in life are neglected.

The kids might know all about recycling, the myth of global warming, how sexual differences really aren’t different, and the implementation of extreme measures to make sure no one even thinks about a gun, but they aren’t able to read and fill out an employment application or give change at a retail establishment.

But if some kid points his finger or bites a piece of pastry so it looks like a gun, the full force of repression will come down on him.

Here’s the kicker on the dismal report on reading results.

“[T]he NYC Department of Education said it has raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent over the last seven years. And that the number of students needing remedial courses to do college work has declined slightly — by half a percentage point overall.”

This means that the 80 percent deficiency in reading is an improvement. Liberals create a problem, and then they praise themselves for fixing it by a few percentage points. Of course, all of these government-made problems will mean that tax payers will have to give up more of their hard-earned pay to remedy what should have been taken care of in the first grade!

One has to wonder if the educational establishment wants low reading and math skills. With kids not able to read (or know what the word “sequester” means) or know the difference between a billion dollars and a trillion dollars, they are sheep looking for a shepherd.

If you want to know how low information voters are created, look to New York City Public Schools.








Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

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  • wfwilson6

    Yea, so they vote democratic and live longer, therefore more votes.

  • geneww1938

    Great, if they can not read and understand what is going on in this world … they make the ideal voting mass for Obama and the One World Order. Keep making us dumber and we will love welfare more. Sorry for you educated folk who work and have to support this mess! [This is sarcasm]

    • Tasha22

      It is welfare that has enabled and encouraged them to be stupid because there are no real consequences for not studying and working. When you live in communities with 4thgeneration welare, kids gettting pregnant at 11 or 12 and “mothers” who don’t train their kids to study and work this is what you get. Contrast the 2 parent Christian or Muslim West African families—their kids EXCELL, pass their classes and exams, read at home, study and graduate in three years. Good students, wel real students study.

  • colleenf

    I thought the purpose of the first 12 yrs of primary education was to equip our children to be able to either get a job or go to college when they graduated.
    Unfortunately, the public education system seems to be more interested in teaching homosexuality, “diversity”, that the Boston Tea Party was carried out by “terrorists”, that we stole America from the Indians, and that the so-called “rich” only got that way by “stealing” from a poor person.
    My 5 yr old grandson can obviously read, do basic math, and think logically better than these high school “graduates”.
    May God have mercy on this country!

  • Tasha22

    Actually that is a very misleading headline. The truth is that 80% of the kids who go into the CUNY system need to take remdial courses. The best students, or should I say, the real students, since most students in the Bronx and Brooklyn have literally NEVER read a book at home and don’t intend to, never do (did) homework or studied, and never take their notes home, do not go to CUNY. They get scholarships to NYU, Syracuse, etc. etc. And they are primarily white, Asian and West African. I taugth 15 years in NYC and could count on one hand the number of kids I had who read at grade level in high school –or no more than two years below grade level. You don’t have high school reading levels if you never read at home. (Why read when the welfare checks are direct deposited, you get dozens of pairs of $100 plus sneakers without ever working and you can stay up all night on your cell phone, my space, or black ops games—or shopping for tats, games and sneakers?) Make the parents work and pay for high school and double if the kids have to repeat a class or exam and you will see real change—-like studying!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.l.rice.31 Robert L. Rice

    WHAT a bunch of dumb Asses

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.vance1 Adrian Vance

    Give those poor kids some beef or maybe horse meat will do.

    Come see us at the Two Minute Conservative at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com and when you speak fine ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • Major Summerhill

    Relearn basic skills? They didn’t learn them in the first place and 6 weeks before “university” isn’t going to help. This is a disgrace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-J-Nellett/1580432719 Michael J Nellett

    Just goes to show that Progressives are great at deconstruction, but they suck at preparing for the betterment of either people, or environment.

  • KJ

    Congratulations Bloomberg. You’re the wealthiest idiot at the top of your class in NYC.

  • AppraisHer

    “80% of NYC high school grads can’t read but they eat salads for lunch”.

    Shouldn’t that be considered cannibalism, with one vegetable eating another?

  • greyhound44

    Only fools would send a child to government supported primary and secondary so-called schools!
    Eliminate all unions!

  • WASP

    Oh, hell! That’s 11,000 more democrap voters! Who is footing the bill to re-teach these idiots. The taxpayer of course. I guess that’s why the fascist-democraps are working so hard to perfect election fraud. Because their base can’t read a ballot.