Three-fourths of students should have been doing something productive with their lives rather than going to math classes. That is what we learn from the recent release of the nation’s “report card.” Sixty percent would probably be better off if they had dropped out and gotten a full-time job.
According to Breitbart,
In an abysmal showing, only about one-quarter of U.S. high school seniors performed solidly in math in a major assessment known as the nation’s report card, reinforcing concerns that large numbers of students are unprepared for either college or the workplace.
In reading, almost 4 in 10 students reached the “proficient” level or higher.
In both subjects on the 2013 exam there was little change from 2009, when the National Assessment of Educational Progress was last given to 12th-graders. The results, released Wednesday, come from a representative sample of 92,000 public and private school students.
So what were these students doing in the class room? Basically, they were being baby sat. Or perhaps we should say, held captive. They are sitting there giving adults a reason to get a paycheck as their teachers caretakers.
Of course, David Driscoll, the chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, claimed that these results were “unacceptable.”
But that is meaningless. The results were unacceptable last time and nothing has changed. Figuring out how to raise the average would be a difficult task even if the government didn’t have other priorities.
Ironically, these results come at a time when people are claiming as “good news” the fact that our graduation rates have gone up. More people than ever are refusing to drop out of High School but are staying to graduate and not learning.
These test results provide additional reason to question the recent claims that going to college is a good idea for everyone.
The results come as community colleges and four-year institutions try to improve remedial education programs, given that only about one-quarter of students who take a remedial class graduate.
It’s estimated that more than one-third of all college students, and more than one-half in community colleges, need some remedial help, according to research from the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Maybe if more people were simply taught to pursue and take responsibility for their own success, rather than being told everyone has to follow the same educational path, these results wouldn’t matter as much.