This Year’s SAT Scores Are Out, and They’re Grim
Julia Ryan Sep 26 2013, 7:15 AM ET
Fewer than half of the 2013 graduating seniors who took the test got “college-ready” scores.
Of the 1.66 million high school students in the class of 2013 who took the SAT, only 43 percent were academically prepared for college-level work, according to this year’s SAT Report on College & Career Readiness. For the fifth year in a row, fewer than half of SAT-takers received scores that qualified them as “college-ready.”
The College Board considers a score of 1550 to be the “College and Career Readiness Benchmark.” Students who meet the benchmark are more likely to enroll in a four-year college, more likely to earn a GPA of a B- or higher their freshman year, and more likely to complete their degree.
“While some might see stagnant scores as no news, the College Board considers them a call to action. These scores can and must change — and the College Board feels a sense of responsibility to help make that happen,” the report said….
Uh. yeah.I’ve talked about the dumbing down of America before, so it turns out that I wasn’t kidding.
The reasons for this are obvious: Kids’ hairstyles, their horrible clothes and those video games. And their music. Did I mention their music?
Famed hockey-playing chimp “Killmonkey”
Zowalski says: “I ain’t descended from no
hoomins. Too stupid to have produced me!”
Or, at least that’s what Ward Cleaver probably would have concluded.
The problem is one that there’s no simple explanation for, but clearly, “standardized tests” weren’t the answer.
We need to ask the right questions to get the right answers.
Somehow, I don’t feel like the Ayn Rand crowd has the answer
We also need to return to our prime directive and teach “how government works,” including civics, speech, American history (as controversial as that will always be) and support the long American tradition of volunteerism and civic groups, without which none of this would work very well.
But most of all, we need to teach that reading isn’t “fun.” We need to teach that reading is POWER. Face it: education has always been the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket® to the American Dream™. And reading is what unwraps that ticket.
But you’re never going to convince a modern kid that reading is better than an X-Box version x.y or PlayStation version a.b. Or that a good book is more entertaining than a crappy movie because a book requires WORK. You have to do a certain amount of mental work to read a book, and most of the books that need to be read are NON-fiction books (sorry literary types).
This long and senseless fight against evolution and science, and against the notion of public education itself has got to stop, starting with the richest bastards in the USA, who require an entire staff of HIGHLY EDUCATED accountants to shuffle their money offshore away from the Taxman. Do you hear me, Waltons? Kochs? Mr. Friess?
There has been an intentional program of trying to dumb down our public schools until they fail, so that that the dumbdumberers can claim See? They’re AWFUL! Let’s go to a voucher system and then we can have prayer in the schools and indoctrination of Apocalypse heresy!
Fact is, the United States of America (an idea, not a place) found itself at the end of the American Century as undisputed Number One and have had to competition to stoke our hyper-competitive “got thrown out of every decent country on Earth and some indecent ones” genes.
Ever play Parcheesi?
The shock WILL come and then we’ll rise to the occasion, but in the meantime, Johnny can’t read, and that’s a big problem.
We need to link reading to education to success in later life.
Here’s a PSA series for you: Almost every actor I’ve ever met has been a voracious reader. And they’d be glad to tell you how important reading was to making them stars.
Music … not so much. (Save them for the medical marijuana PSAs.)
Helps build student bodies in pi ways
But it’s time to junk the stupid mandatory testing system and at least return to a system that already worked better than this.