March 8, 2013

America's Future Voters?

Remedial help to relearn basic skills?

The dumbing-down of America continues, and looks like social media, e.g., Facebook, Twitter et al, is contributing to it.

These are America's future voters...

CBS 2  |  March 7, 2013

Officials: Most NYC High School Grads Need Remedial Help Before Entering CUNY Community Colleges

Basic Skills Like Reading, Writing And Math Need To Be Re-Learned

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NYC Board of Education (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s an education bombshell.

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.

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.

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

They are part of a disturbing statistic.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.

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.

To meet the needs of the students, City University has launched a special program called CUNY Start. It provides low-cost immersion classes. Sherry Mason teaches a writing class.

“They get lost sometimes in the classroom and in CUNY Start we give them a lot more one-on-one attention, small group work. It helps them achieve more in a short amount of time and so they’re able to get on with their credit classes,” Mason said.

Nicholas Gonzalez, a graduate of New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, participated in the CUNY Start program. He said he would never had been able to face college credit classes without it.

“I was nervous about how hard it was going to be, how much of a change it was going to be from high school,” Gonzalez said. “I knew I needed to take remedial, If I started right away with credit classes it wasn’t going to be so well, so it’s better off starting somewhere.”

In its defense, the NYC Department of Education said it has raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent over the last seven years. And that the number of students needing remedial courses to do college work has declined slightly — by half a percentage point overall.

Original article here.


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Posted by SFF from New York, NY on
Is this a "dumbing-down",or is the school system now merely allowing the usual masses of illiterate children to pass through it and receive more graduation diplomas instead of failing them as in the past? Does this have anything to do with Facebook? This piece does not offer any solution to the permanent underclass of illiterate American public school children. It is no secret USA lags the world abysmally in pubic education. Until large amounts of public money and dedicated (well-paid) educational leadership are brought in to attack these educational/cultural problems, it seems there will be no progress.
Posted by RBS from New York, NY on
The school system “allowing the usual masses of illiterate children to pass through it” is a lowering of the bar (even further) to accommodate the dumbing-down occurring today. And social media (eg, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is one of the factors contributing to this dumbing-down, by diminishing reading/writing skills, communication skills, social interaction skills, critical thinking skills, etc.

Also, this piece is a report of a problem in the NYC education system. It doesn’t purport to offer solutions.

Throwing money at the problem won’t help, because it’s a societal (mindset) problem. Standards and expectations need to be raised, not lowered (as is happening today).