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80% Of The NYC Kids Entering CUNY Can’t Read

From CBS New York affiliate, WLNY:

Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read

To Combat Problem, CUNY Starts Low-Cost Immersion Remedial Program

March 7, 2013

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s an education bombshell. 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.

The headline is actually misleading. The article is not talking about all New York City high school graduates. They are talking about a subset. Those who are going on to community college. These are the achievers.

So the real numbers must be even worse than 80%.

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

For the record, public school teachers in New York City start off making $45,530 with benefits. And their salaries can reach over $100,000.

But they are also some of the most loyal Democrat foot soldiers in the land. So there is no problem.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.

They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses. They are part of a disturbing statistic.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those 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.

Currently, New York City spends $20,276 per public school pupil, which is almost certainly the highest spending in the country. (The average national amount spent per public school student is around $10,000.) But apparently that is still not enough.

Just like 12 years of schooling isn’t long enough to teach people to read and do math at a basic level. We have to have more Head Start! We have to have remedial college courses.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “80% Of The NYC Kids Entering CUNY Can’t Read”

  1. I knew this was coming when McDonalds went to a “POINT & GRUNT” menu ….

  2. Astravogel

    Actually, for most of human history, reading was not necessary.
    The Egyptians got the pyramids built with illiterate labor, ditto the
    Romans. Why waste time and money educating people who don’t
    matter to the rulers? They’ll be told how to mark their ballots.

  3. This explains how Bloomberg got elected… again.

  4. canary

    NY schools ranked 8th in high school graduates, in top 4 of having “high-technology”, and NY schools received over 55 Billion dollars and growing in Federal Stimulus packages.

    I noticed there is less transparency in school ratings than ever, yet more worthless and uninformative
    studies ever in US history by Arnie in the Dept of Education.

    High Schools don’t just have a beauty shop course these days. They have classes broken down to
    “nail manicures”, “massages”, “make-up”, “hairstyling”.

    No more one cooking class or Home-EC class. Aside “cooking” they have “Culinary classes to learn about spices” ,

    I am not joking and there are too many high school classes to list. The phys-ed and sports, are not enough. There are so many different physical classes; one called “tumbling”, “personal training plans”. Not just Geography anymore, but classes for every race, culture, foreign country history you can imagine.

    Not just psychology, but classes dealing with suicide. The “leadership classes” grows in types available. So, many different “art” classes.

    Easy Teacher job creation classes; classes for our children to have fun.

    “Speech and Debate” being taken out of school. That is a heads up to raise a silent generation.

    Obama and Biden did brag “cradle” education.

  5. Enthalpy

    Proper student education is no longer the goal of public education; indoctrination is the goal of public education. Students are now on the road to serfdom.

  6. mr_bill

    So there is a new publicly funded program to teach kids what the other publicly funded program was supposed to teach them….hmmmm…I wonder what could go wrong?

  7. BigOil

    See what happens when kids drink to many Big Gulps. Bloomy is on top of the problem.

  8. potus4

    If they can’t read door signs, how will they find the services high schools now offer- day care center, condom distribution site, STD screening, etc? How will they be able to pair the Moochelle mandated “healthy” lunch option on the school menu with their third energy drink of the day? The horror.


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