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To: Anila
If people who had these kids were made to work to support them, we'd not have crap such as this.

How much longer will you continue to pay (probably 100%) for these feral thugs to hate you?

Did I understand Rush this week to say that 80% of the graduating high school seniors in New York (I don't know if he said city/state) cannot read or write?

How can a person even hold a job today without being able to read or write?

Shortly, we'll see statistics about how the poor downtrodden have such crappy jobs and income and how can we allow people in this country to suffer and what are YOU doing about it?

I am armed 100% of the time these days.

28 posted on 03/24/2013 12:12:01 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Did I understand Rush this week to say that 80% of the graduating high school seniors in New York (I don't know if he said city/state) cannot read or write?

This is a fascinating example of how a statistic takes on a life of its own once it hits the news.

The original report was the 80% of students entering the New York City community college system required remedial reading/math classes. From there it grew (via "Sultan Knish," who is usually sharper, among others) to "80% of NYC high school graduates." Now we're getting "80% of graduates in New York State can't read or write."

Just because I'm a bore, I will elaborate. The original "80% of new students at City College of New York facilities" who need remedial courses does not include NYC students who go to other colleges/universities after graduation. It does not include those who go to no college. It does include some students from other school systems, even out of state. It doesn't include most of the very significant number of NYC students who don't graduate, but it does include some students who never graduated from high school: those with GEDs or education from other countries.

Additionally, needing remedial courses does not equate to illiteracy or innumeracy. My own daughter, the outrageously excellent Gunner Anoreth, had to take remedial algebra in community college, because in spite of several computer languages, a comprehensive knowledge of history, political science, and classical literature, and great hand-eye coordination, she just had a b8tch of a time getting a handle on algebra.

In other words, it's an interesting statistic, but far from the totem it has become in only a few days.

34 posted on 03/24/2013 12:39:54 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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