It’s not a teaching problem; it’s a lack of funding.
According to a report from New York’s CBS-2 news, eighty percent of students graduating from New York City high schools remedial reading program, can’t read.
At a taxpayer expense of $18,800 per student per year, (47% above the national average) the kids of New York are doomed to a life of flipping burgers. The good news is that progressives want to raise the minimum wage so that poverty is more acceptable than the food prepared by the undereducated populace.
There’s more good news, too. For those who want to break out of the life to which they have been sentenced by the lower public school echelon. The City University of New York (CUNY) offers a low-cost English immersion program for those who can’t read their recently awarded high school diploma. Recognizing the problem, the CUNY class is guaranteed to bring reading skills to a level where the high school graduates can read and understand the “HOT” warning on a coffee maker. Then they will be prepared to move on and become PPACA doctors.
It’s almost like a Ronco commercial…”And, if you act now, we’ll throw in a complete education for only a small fee. You just pick up the voucher from your local Welfare office”.
I have to question the system. How is CUNY able to take kids with twelve years of public school education who cannot read ‘Fun With Dick and Jane’ and turn them into Tolstoy scholars in nine weeks? If CUNY can actually bring up the reading skills in a short period, why isn’t the same method used in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade?
A possible answer to my own question might be: The tenured union teachers take time from instilling knowledge of math, English, reading and history to teach the students how to put condoms on cucumbers and how stealing from the wealthy is commendable. Nah, that’s too simple.
Double the funding for public schools, it’s the only way for kids to learn. It hasn’t worked in the past, but certainly it will now.