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Nov 29 2017

Washington School Graduates Unqualified Kids; All Are Accepted to College

Here’s a feelgood story: every graduate from Ballou High School in monochromatically diverse inner-city D.C. was accepted to college. Now for the bad news:

Ballou High School’s administration graduated dozens of students despite high rates of unexcused absences. … Half of the graduates missed more than three months of school last year, unexcused. One in five students was absent more than present — missing more than 90 days of school. …

Teachers say when many of these students did attend school, they struggled academically, often needing intense remediation.

Many 12th grade students at Ballou cannot read or write.

An internal email obtained by WAMU and NPR from April shows two months before graduation, only 57 students were on track to graduate, with dozens of students missing graduation or community service requirements or failing classes needed to graduate. In June, 164 students received diplomas.

According to a teacher at Ballou, this feat was accomplished by “smoke and mirrors.”

Teachers felt pressure from administration to pass chronically absent students, and students knew the school administration would do as much as possible to get them to graduation.

Educrats bestow lavish bonuses upon teachers who pass kids through the system regardless of whether they show up for class. Those who insist on standards end up losing their jobs.

Teachers we spoke with say if they questioned administration, they were painted as “haters” who don’t care about students.

The results have been what you would expect:

Last year, 9 percent of students there passed the English standardized test. No one passed the math test. The average SAT score last year among Ballou test takers was 782 out of 1600.

Achievement must be earned. It cannot be mandated by the authorities. Now all of these kids are in college, presumably subsisting on financial aid provided by taxpayers. Their illiteracy and habit of blowing off classes must leave them plenty of time for Black Lives Matter protests. When they are not made Chairman of the Board immediately upon graduation, they will blame it on racism, and for the most part the media will concur.

On tips from Steve T and Ken.



  • Anonymous

    Social justice education, graduation and college acceptance… literacy optional.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    I can imagine just how well these new college students will do. In fact, I look forward to flying on an airplane designed by these students when they graduate as engineers.

    Or maybe some will become doctors; I sure look forward to those doctors working on my heart (assuming they show up for the operation).

  • Geeknerd

    Now do you see the need for the H-1B visa program? If we can’t MAKE any engineers, etc we will have to IMPORT them

  • MAS

    One doesn’t need to be able to read and write to be effectively indoctrinated…

  • “The average SAT score last year among Ballou test takers was 782 out of 1600.”

    I seem to recall reading (some years ago, granted) that a kid could score 400 on the SAT just by showing up.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty much…

  • itsatax

    My kids’ school has a 99% “promotion’ rate, but very poor aggregate test scores.
    Not as bad as inner city schools yet, but it’s headed in that direction. Non-idiots better start having some kids.

  • ICEvictim

    the Participation Trophy school system

  • ICEvictim

    actually there’s plenty of kids trying for STEM degrees but with business flooding the job market with cheap imported labor they give up and change to another major

  • ICEvictim

    ahh, another bunch of Liberal Arts majors studying Underwater Basket Weaving with a minor in Fast Food Service

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4408f61c5bf9230e05f640c8516ad4a6721f409f6667c802c216b3a16cd83847.jpg

  • James McEnanly

    This is why you see all those pre printed signs ant protest rallies.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s not forget… the Special Snowflake trophy just for breathing– er, trying!
    http://snowflakepageant.com/pageant/_IMAGES/snowflake-trophy.jpg

  • Dr Why

    Oh, those zany Negroes !!
    .

  • George Lortz

    another justification for campus carry — let the ‘real students’ thin the herd of the idiots.

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  • DrTorch

    Don’t forget, those are YOUR tax dollars at work.

  • DrTorch

    Yeah, but feminism has taken many women into the “workforce” and away from actually being productive (and happy) by having children.

  • Lockstein13

    DC pays for their high school…BUT:
    WHICH colleges accepted these primitive idiots…and WHO PAYS FOR THAT?!?

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  • koz

    You really aren’t doing those kids any favors. They will flunk out of college

  • Bookdoc

    I understand that the SATs have been drastically dumbed down as scores were to low and the NEA needed them higher so they could finish their libtard indoctrination in college-what my Navy educated daughter called 4 more years of high school without parents!

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