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Would You Continue to Buy a Product That Has a 67% Failure Rate?

Billions of dollars are spent on government schools every year. The Department of Education cost taxpayers $68 billion in the fiscal year 2016. This does not count the cost of government schools at the local, county, and state levels.

One would think with that much money being spent on public school education that your people would be getting a high-quality education. Here’s the latest on reading and math proficiency:

Sixty-five percent of the eighth graders in American public schools in 2017 were not proficient in reading and 67 percent were not proficient in mathematics, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress test results released by the U.S. Department of Education.

The results are far worse for students enrolled in some urban districts.

Among the 27 large urban districts for which the Department of Education published 2017 NAEP test scores, the Detroit public schools had the lowest percentage of students who scored proficient or better in math and the lowest percentage who scored proficient or better in reading.

Only 5 percent of Detroit public-school eighth graders were proficient or better in math. Only 7 percent were proficient or better in reading.

In the Cleveland public schools, only 11 percent of eight graders were proficient or better in math and only 10 percent were proficient or better in reading.

In the Baltimore public schools, only 11 percent were proficient or better in math and only 13 percent were proficient or better in reading.

In the Fresno public schools, only 11 percent were proficient or better in math and only 14 percent were proficient or better in reading. (CNS News)

Keep in mind that these statistics are for students in the eighth grade. Math only gets more difficult in the higher grades. The same is true of reading where reading comprehension and grasping the meaning of a written text become essential for critical thinking skills.

If the schools aren’t teaching the basics well, how well are they doing with other subjects?

Look at this bar chart. How is this possible? Being able to read well is a necessary skill for life. If children can’t read well, they can’t reason well. If they can’t reason well, they are open to propaganda and brainwashing.

It does not take a lot of money to teach a child to read. Parents can teach their children at home before they enter kindergarten. There are numerous books available that teach the phonics method.

These school districts, no matter how poor or disadvantaged, have no legitimate excuses for why their students aren’t proficient in reading and basic mathematics.

It seems that greater efforts are placed on socializing and propagandizing children to a Leftist worldview with instruction in gender fluidity and all things homosexual rather than subjects that matter for the world they will enter to make a living.

It’s long time past time to abandon the government schools.

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