Johnny can’t read: Blame government schools

Jul 11, 2017 by

Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D., notes what students really need is absent

In spite of billions of dollars being dumped into government schools, nearly 50 percent of Americans can barely, read while some cannot read at all.

According to the Department of Justice, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” The statistics back up this claim: 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, and over 60 percent of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth-grade level. Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy defines literacy as “using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.”

In Baltimore at least six government schools cannot produce a single student who was proficient in either English or math. No surprisingly, they are “socially promoted” – allowed to graduate. At $16,000 per student, Baltimore ranks third in the nation for education spending among the 100 largest school school districts.

In Washington, D.C., more than two-thirds of the population over age 15 is functionally illiterate.

In California government schools, state assessment results show that 48 percent of the students cannot read.

National test scores after seven years of Common Core are embarrassing for the world’s superpower. The Washington Post reported results from the 2015 NAEP scores, “Reading performance … was sobering: Eighth-grade scores dropped … while fourth-grade performance was stagnant compared with 2013. … The 2015 scores show that 64 percent of fourth-graders and 66 percent of eighth-graders are not considered proficient in reading.”

But money is not the reason for the education tragedy in America.

Source: Johnny can’t read: Blame government schools

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