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(News Daily)   One-third of high school graduates are not college ready. The rest already know how to do a keg stand   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, high schools, entrance exams, keg stand, Pacific Islanders, information technology, colleges  
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2013-08-27 01:46:59 AM  
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Not everybody should be in college.  Some people are just dumb and the job market cannot support it.

Thanks Fartbama!
2013-08-27 02:00:18 AM  
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Fjornir: I wonder how many thousands of classroom hours could be reclaimed if we reintroduced the concept of "holding back" students who had failed to make adequate academic progress in a given year and require them to repeat the material until they had achieved sufficient mastery.

The problem with that is that you end up with 16 year olds in 7th grade, which ends up just being disrupting for the students on the proper track.

Being able to place students with subpar performance or performance, or with chronic behavior problems into alternative schools and removing them from holding the rest of the students back would help.

Bringing accountability to the parents, along with education and financial resources for underprivileged families, so that more students had support and motivation at home towards educational achievement would help even more.

Of course, that all costs money, and apparently tax breaks for multimillionaires and megacorporations are more important.  We wouldn't want the execs at JPMorgan or Exxon to have to buy their suits off the rack or reduce their Thai hooker and civet coffee enema budgets would we?
2013-08-27 01:59:09 AM  
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What's really scary is that their definition of "prepared" is from 18 to 23 points out of 36 (depending on section), and the two-third who were supposedly college-ready were the ones who passed only one out of four of those sections; only a quarter of the test-takers managed to accomplish that (very low) goal in all four sections.

Let that sink in:

Three-quarters of students taking the ACT failed at least one of the four sections.

Three quarters.

Three-quarters of the students taking a college admissions test weren't "college ready" in at least one of the four categories they were tested on.

This is not a good thing.
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