Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read
March 7, 2013 10:55 PM
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.
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.
I’m no fan of PSs, and their academic results are part of my why, but when I saw this headline my first reaction was that PSs can’t be THAT bad. Reading the article showed me that the 80% was of high school graduates attending one particular local junior college, a substantial subset of NYC high school grads, but far from all, and hence not a representative sample. And that their deficiencies spanned a wide range of skills, not “just” reading. My instincts were correct. Now, were this some education reform advocacy group making this claim, I suppose it would be somewhat understandable - false and deceptive, but obviously understandable as a dishonest means of pursuing their end. Wrong, but it happens. But no, the source for the reported factoids was not disingenuous. The problem is with the reporter and the news outlet: CBS, a supposedly legitimate news outlet. The only remaining question for me (aside from the questions of how these students got high school diplomas and oh why NYC school educrats are debasing the value of a diploma), is whether the reporter (and his/her editors) were too ignorant to understand their mistake or too sloppily unprofessional to care! And, frankly, I think “Yes!” a very credible answer to that either-or question!