The Educational Industrial Complex strikes again!
After listening to all the rhetoric about how children cannot get a proper education outside the strictly controlled environments of public schools, where highly training education experts can prepare America’s future generations for the real world, it turns out that for the professionals, twelve years simply isn’t enough time to get their minds ready:
Three out of four graduates aren’t fully prepared for college and likely need to take at least one remedial class, according to the latest annual survey from the nonprofit testing organization ACT, which measured half of the nation’s high school seniors in English, math, reading and science proficiency.
Only 25 percent cleared all of ACT’s college preparedness benchmarks, while 75 percent likely will spend part of their freshman year brushing up on high-school-level course work. The 2011 class is best prepared for college-level English courses, with 73 percent clearing the bar in that subject. Students are most likely to need remedial classes in science and math, the report says.
Although the results are slightly better than last year — 24 percent of the 2010 graduating class met ACT’s four thresholds — the report highlights a glaring disconnect between finishing high school and being ready for the academic challenges of college.
The failure of the government school system to properly educate their wards is also costing American taxpayers billions.
Taxpayers also suffer, Mr. Wise said, by “paying twice” for students to take high-school-level classes again, since most remedial work doesn’t count toward college graduation.
In the 2007-08 academic year, the alliance estimates, remedial courses cost about $5.6 billion — $3.6 billion in “direct educational costs” such as taxpayer contributions to state universities and another $2 billion in lost wages, a result of giving up on higher education and missing out on the bigger paychecks that tend to come with college degrees.
“There simply has not been alignment or coordination between the K-12 system and the higher education system about what students need to know,” Mr. Wise said Tuesday.
Of course not. There’s too much focus on indoctrination instead of education.
Schools don’t need to be promoting gay history in public schools. Honestly, do we need history taught according to a figure’s sexual preference?
Not even remotely.
We need students to know how to read a Periodic Table, or calculate complex mathematical equations. Heck, even basic or advance mathematical equations in some cases.
Meanwhile, homeschoolers top the national average on the ACT:
The national average for 2009 graduating high schoolers reported by ACT (American College Testing) officials is 21.1 on a scale from 1 to 36. Homeschoolers scored a national average of 22.5.
Homeschoolers are further prepared for college because they must take initiative to accomplish projects, Slatter said. “Typically, in the home-school environment, the teen is self-directed in their learning because parents set a topic or task, and the student will then do their own research.”
If you want something done right, you need to do it yourself.