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.