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Mar 08 2013

Eighty Percent of NYC High School Grads Lack Basic Reading Skills

Moonbat-infested unions and government bureaucrats have been entrusted with the education of future generations. It’s not working out. From America’s First City:

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. …

They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses. …

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.

Liberals will seize on this as evidence that we need to throw still more taxpayer money at teachers unions. Yet New York already leads the nation in spending per pupil. New York City wastes a jaw-dropping $20,276 per student per year. Yet only 60.1% graduate, and only 20% of those can read well enough to take college courses.

The NYC public school system is a glorified babysitting service; its astronomical cost is crippling.

If we want a future as anything but a Third World hellhole, we need to get education out of the hands of the government and unions immediately.

Click these staggering figures for full size.

On a tip from Artfldgr.

37 Responses to “Eighty Percent of NYC High School Grads Lack Basic Reading Skills”

  1. Mickey Shea says:

    May I address the 800 lb gorilla in the room please?
    These are minorities, ’nuff said.

  2. Pegon Zellschmidt says:

    If $20,000 is teaching 20% to read, just raise it to $100,000 per pupil and you’ll get 100% literate. Then onto math!

  3. Flu-Bird says:

    And they must wonder why we waste too much money on GLOBAL WARMING preventtion and wonder why the kids are so ignorant

  4. DJ says:

    If the PC elites dared to measure the IQ of these students, they’d find it is commensurate with thier achievement level.

    As Mickey Shea says: These are minorities.

  5. StanInTexas says:

    And why would New Yorkers need to read, they have Mayor Nanny to tell them what to eat, drink, weak, listen to, and think!

  6. Comrade J says:

    DemoKKKrats always were afraid of slaves learning how to read and write. In the past they used to make laws to prohibit learning.

    These days they either “pretend to teach” like in Dave’s post. Or refuse to teach – Beck recently exposed the way that the neoKKK wants to turn Texas blue – not teach American history.

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  8. Clingtomyguns says:

    This obscene spending spree without producing anything to show in return but dumbass ignoramuses has got to end and is an indictment of the boondoggle created and perpetuated by the unionized liberal teacher mafia and their political cohorts. Minority kids would be much better off going to a private school like KIPP or other school with some accountability on how the educate, or a trade school, if the could get vouchers. Blacks should realize the liberals keep them in a failed education system that is far worse for them and their children than if they were all back in chains picking cotton – their new master being the unions and government largesse. The average spending here exceeds the cost of a private or choice eduction, where kids might actually learn something. That is why the collectivists and union goons are fighting so hard in the face of sensible plans for vouchers, to preserve their own dystopian educrat welfare and pension system known as public education.

  9. minarchist says:

    Alternate Headline: Educating Tomorrow’s Democrats

  10. Joe says:

    What the hell do you want for only $20200 per student per year? They might not be able to read, but I bet they know when MLK day is. Too bad they don’t understand what MLK fought for.

  11. dan says:

    You can’t keep the ‘Voting Slaves’ on the plantation if they’re educated enough to survive off of it…

  12. Scotty G. says:

    Funny that NY Libs demand nutrition information be posted at eating & drinking establishments for a generation of people who can’t read them and have no idea what they mean. I learned what a calorie is in 6th grade science class, meanwhile my college junior cousin has no idea what a calorie is except that it’s bad or something.

  13. Big Bad Bruins says:

    In related news 80% of recent NYC high school grads voted for Obama. Do the math, if you can.

  14. Jay B. says:

    That’s what you get for teaching social justice instead of math and english. Braying sheep ready to bawl out for any perceived injustice but unable to read the writing on the wall.

    Pun intended.

  15. KHarn says:

    Regressives keep saying that Americans are the dumbest people on Earth; the problem is, they are WORKING to make it so!

    Back in the early 70s, I had good teachers and bad teachers in high school; the good ones talked about what was good about Americam what we did wrong and what the “liberals” covered up about socialism. The bad teachers either subtley bad-mouthed America and talked well of socialism, or just didn’t give a crap about teaching.

  16. gemalo says:

    Let us not forget that our esteemed Attorney General is a product of the N.Y.C. school system. The epitome of stupidity.

  17. SNuss says:

    Does this sound familiar?

    Living among the ruins, former Hitler Youths used survival skills they had learned during the war to stave off starvation. They became efficient scavengers, always looking for bits of coal and wood for heating their homes, and delighted in stealing food and cigarettes, or anything, from American soldiers.

    In October 1945, compulsory schooling was reintroduced, in part just to get them all off the streets. Most of them had been poorly educated during Hitler’s Reich. When school resumed, it was not unusual to see 16 and 17-year-olds sitting in grammar school classrooms.


  18. Son of Taz says:

    gemalo says:
    March 8, 2013 at 11:38 am
    Let us not forget that our esteemed Attorney General is a product of the N.Y.C. school system. The epitome of stupidity.
    Ahhh that’s why he doesn’t know about the Constitution!

  19. DJ says:

    “Too bad they don’t understand what MLK fought for.”

    MLK was a communist.

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  21. rex freeway says:

    Kansas city spent more per child in the 80’s than any public school in the nation. And it lowered learning. More money was spent to desegregate and raise test scores thae was spent on getting the first shuttle into space. Where is the district now? Taken over by the state. Just like across the state.(St.Louis) From 77,000 students in the 70’s to 17,000 today. White flight has left kansas city a shell of what it once was. All thanks to BRA and DWL’s. Detroit, Chicago, New York. America still hasnt learned.

  22. learning nothing from history says:

    As long as they don’t have access to large fizzy soda drinks and coffee. They couldn’t read the menu anyway so luckily there are pictures for the fakebook twatter me me me space generation.

  23. Al Gore says:

    YOu dont ned a edjucation to strik it rich.

    you just ned peeple more dumber than yurselve.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    The four R’s are over-rated. Allz I kneed to no is where my EBT is excepted, that bullying iz bad, and how to put a condum on. My guvermint skool makes sure I no all that I kneed too no.

  25. Tim from TK says:

    “Eighty Percent of NYC High School Grads Lack Basic Reading Skills”, and 80% of them troll at this site.

  26. Dr. 9 says:

    Yet, queen Bloomberg would have you believe everything is wonderful. He doesn’t care if the kids can’t read and write, so long as they don’t put salt on their fries or drink a soda. Such is life in a city dominated and totally controlled by leftist Demoncrats, who are in turn controlled by the communist teachers unions. And they’re quite happy keeping things just as they are.

  27. Shooter1001 says:

    Reading an article highlighting this fact, I noticed my HS, New Utrecht HS was specifically mentioned. NUHS is NOT an inner city ghetto school. It’s way out in Brooklyn in an Italian/Jewish neighborhood. If that school can’t teach kids to read or add, fuhgeddahbowtit.

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  29. octa bright says:

    I am a pensioner who took early retirement to help witn my widowed mother. This gave me the oppertunity to return to college and study history. Since the last time I did an academic essay Nixon was president I had serious misgivings about my ability to compete with my younger fellow students. I have found that my fellows have dreadful work habits, pathetic writing skills, and a cultural literacy that I surpassed in middle school. This is a private college with fairly high standards, although hardly one of the top schools, so the problem is not just with the state schools with large minortiy populations. We are spending a fortune for an educational product that if described as sub standard should consider itself being grossly flattered.

  30. betty b says:

    While teachers get nice salaries, paid healthcare, frequent days off during the school year, summer’s off and HUGE pensions when they retire. What’s wrong with this picture?

  31. Antisocialist says:

    Did Bloomberg ban books or something?

  32. […] Our public school system has been decaying for decades.  My parent’s education was actually better than mine for fundamentals.  I only benefited from more current knowledge and information…..and considerable hard work.  When it’s easy to cruise through school as it is now fundamentally flawed (and the US ranks very low compared to the world in math and vocabulary scores), the facts are indicating that the kids learn less.  It has come out that 80% of high school kids in NYC can’t read. […]

  33. Veritas says:

    Is it really any different in most public school systems?

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  35. Flu-Bird says:

    Mayor bloomjerk wants to ban all conservatives from teaching at the scools theres too many worms in the BIG ROTTEN APPLE

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