Contrary

Fact of the Day

Only 35 percent of American high school seniors are proficient readers. Only 23 percent are proficient in math. Nationwide, only 74 percent of ninth graders graduate within four years—and that number drops to about 50 percent for black and Hispanic students. Twelve percent of American high schools are “dropout factories”—schools where less than 60 percent of freshmen even make it to their senior year. It comes as no surprise, then, that America lags far behind other developed countries when it comes to schooling: Among large industrialized countries, America ranks last in educational effectiveness—despite spending the most.

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February 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. A lot of the kids I went to high school with could barely read or write. I don’t know if it was as high as 40%.

    Most of them did OK though. A lot of the most successful ones didn’t ever learn shit in school.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the way it has always been, maybe always will be. Once it becomes clear that kids have stopped learning, they should just be booted out. It’s a kindness. To them and the ones who still have more to learn.

    Comment by reddog | February 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. In Europe the students who show a lack of learning are placed in trade schools where they learn welding, plumbing, and other manual skills.

    Comment by cutshoot | March 1, 2010 | Reply


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