Reports have been stating what many people have suspected. Millions of public school children are not excelling academically. This is mostly true when it comes to reading and math, the two essential subjects for education beyond formal education. If someone can’t read well, it means that advancement in jobs that require reading skills is not going to happen.
Of course, there will always be good students. Most government schools have schools within schools. The best students are given their own track of courses and almost never find themselves in the classes with inferior or disinterested students. It’s always been this way.
Did you know that “more than half of first-year students at Harvard failed an entrance exam in writing — in 1874”? (NY Times) I’ll bet the 1874 writing exam was more difficult than the ones that are required for someone entering college today.
Every new program — from No Child Left Behind to Common Core — has not fixed the problem. Teaching basic skills at the lower grades is essential. They may be repetitive and hard at first (even boring), but they pay off in the long run. Once children learn to read, and almost any child can learn by age five, a world of learning is open to them.
Not everything can be blamed on teachers and schools since many students do excel. Money is not a factor. A child can learn to read with and do basic math for less than $40 in materials.
- Baltimore schools spend a staggering $16,00 per student — the fourth-highest rate in the nation — and still an investigation by Fox45’s Project Baltimore revealed that at six city schools, not one student scored proficient on either the statewide tests for English and math.
- Three of four African-American boys in California classrooms failed to meet reading and writing standards on the most recent round of testing, … More than half of black boys scored in the lowest category on the English portion of the test, trailing their female counterparts. The disparity reflects a stubbornly persistent gender gap in reading and writing scores that stretches across ethnic groups.
What’s going to happen to these young people when they enter the job market? They are going to be unemployable, especially when many of them can’t read a clock. “A new study shows that only 1-in-10 Oklahoma City kids ages 6-12 own a watch. And only 1-in-5 knows how to read it.”
What’s more important to many educators today is Social Justice, transgender rights, tearing down history, probably a history most kids have not been taught. Victimhood is the basis of today’s government school education curriculum. It may not be at your school today, but it’s in enough of them that it will have an effect on the nation in the future, especially for businesses that are looking for employees.