Injustice, inequality or unfairness; it’s always easier to blame someone else.
Nothing can be more basic that the skill to read and read well. You can do about anything in life if you can read and do so voraciously. Yet look at these number and keep in mind these are the students going to college 😳 [imagine the percentages for those not trying college]
I am amused when those obsessed with inequality see the solution as higher taxes or even wealth taxes on the rich. In other words, close the gap by tearing down rather than building up. How is that a solution in this global, high tech world if our students can’t even read?
Whose fault is this sad state of affairs? Why isn’t every single high school graduate proficient in reading? Why are only 7% of black students proficient at math and 17% proficient at reading? That’s a disgrace and inexcusable.
Who is to blame, the education system, teachers, students, families? All of the above in my opinion. How do we expect to compete in the world, to raise the middle class, to close income gaps if our young people (our college students) are borderline literate?
Note that in no race or ethnic group does the proficiency number reach 50%. And yet, many Americans and teachers fight against standardized testing; claim it stresses students and causes them to teach to only a test. Well, exactly what are they teaching to now?
We have the majority of our students who can’t do math, read proficiently, know zero of history and likely can’t write. So, NFL players, use some of your wealth and time to focus on concrete fixable issues that can solve many problems we are all concerned about. Get off your knees at our national anthem and do something tangible for the people you claim to champion.