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ACT: Third of High School Grads Not Ready for College

August 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost a third of this year’s high school graduates who took the ACT tests are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes, according to data......

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Aug-22-13 6:11 AM

And teachers want raises?

I remember seeing a resume from a "highest honors" graduate of a local high school. In one paragraph, there were three typos and two improper usages of grammar.

A combination of poor parenting, bad teachers and liberal concepts of self-esteem, social promotion, social science focus and a lack of discipline has destroyed our education system.

We need vouchers, school choice, etc. right away.

Our colleges have to compete for students, which is why intelligent students from around the world compete to get into these colleges.

Our high schools are a joke and no one would fight to get into those.

It is rather presumptuous to demand more and more money when our students are doing so poorly.

In the private sector, such failures usually get you the boot.

In the public sector, though, you demand, and get, more money.

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Aug-22-13 7:06 AM

The average time to get a 4 year degree is 6 years these dayz. Maybe the college system has become a "big" business....

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Aug-22-13 8:21 AM

Approximately half of the W.Va. high school graduates entering the state's colleges and universities require remedial courses. It seems our massive educational bureaucracy (especially in Charleston) isn't doing its job.

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Aug-22-13 9:11 AM

your levy money at more levies until the schools start teaching.

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Aug-22-13 11:57 AM

Majority of the kids are going to college because they were told they are college material. Not everyone is college material. Debt for an education has to equal income plus. Today children should think about a trade that can be productive part of life and income. High schools should be teaching the hard facts about finance in you adult life and how to start a business instead of spending money on sports. Kids will be attending school on the internet in the near future and we are still building schools to send them for lessons. This shows that the education system has not kept up with the times and is a con game in telling kids to prepare for college. I would like to see head to head testing between an eighth grade Amish child and a HS Senior to prove you only need 8 years to get the basic in English, math and common sense.

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Aug-22-13 12:04 PM

I have to laugh, Ragnar. Your second paragraph is 100% accurate and yet there are those that disagree, how can they? Myself I won't condemn teachers, the vast majority are excellent, their hands are tied by the "liberal concept" that you state.

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Aug-22-13 12:37 PM

My solution is simple. Educate children between the ages of 6 and thirteen. All children between 13 and sixteen get sent to a work farm, where they live in segregated quarters, wearing uniforms (work jumpsuits) only. Preferably this work camp has no electricity. There will be no education allowed during this period, only strenuous activity 12 hours per day. When they turn 17, they will be allowed to resume going to school. I guarantee you that they will then pay attention to their teachers and be thankful for every day they are not required to starve in the dark, which is what will eventually happen to them if they choose to f*** up their lives acting like thugs. I will stop ranting now.

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Aug-22-13 1:41 PM

I guess the Libs will want to make the test easier. Vote for that next levy! Remember, it's all about the kids. What a joke.

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Aug-22-13 1:46 PM

The real measure of how this sad situation impacts the nation is to compare the education level of other advanced nations against the U.S. I fear that we literally pale in comparison. Our nation has been steadily falling behind the rest of the world in virtually every academic field. How many students can speak two languages, write a readable essay, do basic math, are knowledgeable in basic science and have a grasp of socio-political forces shaping our nation and others? They get their "facts" from blogs and websites which cater to a third grade mentality. When empires fall it is usually from internal decay.

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Aug-22-13 2:01 PM

Give the 1-6 grade teachers the exam and you will soon discover that STEM is the weakness at that level.

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Aug-22-13 4:06 PM

Teachers today have to deal with numerous government mandates, in addition to teaching their students. The paperwork is sometimes overwhelming. In addition, they are unable to discipline children who come from families who set no boundaries. No wonder so many teachers leave the profession after a few years.

They spend many hour grading papers and preparing for the next day's class, not goofing off after 3 PM. Also, they spend a lot of their own money on supplies since budget cuts have hit schools hard. I would challenge anyone who is super critical of today's teachers to spend a week or even a day trying to deal with today's school classrooms. I'll bet you'd run screaming out of there, in some situations, or at least have more compassion for the dedicated teachers who try to educate our children. Yes, there are bad apples in the teaching profession as there are in any profession, but most do their best to deal with what often is a very difficult situation.

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Aug-22-13 5:49 PM

" Yes, there are bad apples in the teaching profession as there are in any profession, but most do their best to deal with what often is a very difficult situation," libralady.

Amen! Perhaps some of those who complain about poor teacher performance might benefit from taking a good look at their own contribution. What kind of children are they producing? Are they setting a positive example for their children? Do they help them with their homework, encourage them to strive for academic excellence, support their teachers, attend parent-teacher conferences, etc.? Based on the posts of some contributors to this forum I question the example and support they are providing their children.

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