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I was doing my daily news troll when I got to the office this morning, when I repeatedly came across a story about DC’s educational system. I usually opt for world or political news, but ended up reading the story.

I read the bit several times, from several different sources just to make sure I got the gist of it right, in the vein hope that I was reading it incorrectly. Alas, it was not to be.

The main kicker of the news piece is this:

12 percent of the districts 8th graders are proficient in reading.

12%. Only 12%.

They’re telling us that only 12% of DC’s 14 year olds can read proficiently.

That’s insane, that’s ludicrous. Hell, it’s bloody criminal.

That statistic keeps rattling around in my head, and I admit I’m having a hard time accepting it. In a day and age when media, the internet and literature are so freely distributed, how can this be the case? This is a statistic I would expect in a developing country, and not in the United States of America, not the nation’s capital for Christ’s sake.

These kids need to put the drugs away, lay down their right to bear arms, leave their gang, stop going to war and pick up a book.

Can someone honestly tell me what we’re teaching our kids in school, if not how to read?

I really want to know.

- Because I can.

Quote of the Day

"Tomorrow is the 6th anniversary of the day that I signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law. And since that day we've come a long way, fewer students are falling behind. People are beginning to get used to the notion that there's accountability in the public school system.
I know No Child Left Behind has worked."
-President George W. Bush, January 7, 2008

Oh, no one's getting left behind.  THEY'RE ALL FAILING TOGETHER.  w00t!


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Sep. 18th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
I just thought that I would let you know, not a commercial or news alert about AIG goes by that I don't think about Chang. LOL.
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