Skip to comments.Lawyers sue California because too many children can't read
Posted on 12/05/2017 1:32:43 PM PST by Mariner
SAN DIEGO - A group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of school children who do not know how to read.
The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to demand the California Department of Education address its "literacy crisis." The state has not followed suggestions from its own report on the problem five years ago, according to the lawsuit.
"When it comes to literacy and the delivery of basic education, California is dragging down the nation," said Public Counsel lawyer Mark Rosenbaum, who filed the lawsuit along with the law firm Morrison & Foerster.
Department of Education spokesman Bill Ainsworth said officials could not comment because the state had not yet been served.
Statewide English assessments found less than half of California students from third grade to fifth grade have met statewide literacy standards since 2015.
Both traditional and charter schools are failing, Rosenbaum said.
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Time would be better spent teaching them how to make change and enough reading to understand street signs.
And I would bet $100 that CA has more such kids than any other state, maybe more than all other states combined.
The stupid runs very, very thick here.
Just like the brilliance.
Yin and Yang.
Can the Asian and White kids in California read?
Asking for a friend.
Just lower the standards for literacy tests. Boom, everyone passes and everyone can officially read!
It is the parent’s fault.
I was reading and writing at 4 because my parents encouraged my interests and pushed others....
With idiots teaching, what kind of results did the expect?
“Just lower the standards for literacy tests.”
They already did that.
Three or four times.
France is now having the same problem with so many children being poor readers. This may be due to that invasion thing.
I would imagine taking the emphasis off of literacy and placing it on politically correct hooey and other leftist balderdash might have something to do with the issue.
“We need to raise taxes!”
Maybe we just need a whole bunch more third world, illiterate peasants to flood the schools so everyone will be the same.
ACLU will countersue, saying that expecting them to learn to read is racist or something.
I am not defending CA, but it seems like a no-win.
Add NYC too...they graduate illiterate highschoolers there.
BTW, IQ tests reflect language skills. Even completely visual ones reflect the ability of the person to form concepts, which can only be done with language and Im not talking about English vs Spanish or Chinese or any other real language. Any real language permits one to develop concepts.
But they have ceased to teach black children standard English, and lower income blacks are now communicating in a patois that makes them unable to communicate or understand basic concepts. Dont forget that Ebonics was a product of the fact that many slave states forbade the teaching of reading (or anything, including the BIble) to slaves. The communication form developed by these speakers of various non-Indo-European languages, some of them very primitive without even expressions for time, mixed with shouted one or two word commands i n English from ugly, brutal overseers, produced a communication form that lacks basic concepts, particularly abstract concepts. There is nothing wrong with black children that improving standard English language skills wont help. But its politically impossible to do this.
NYC was wonderful when I was a child and went through the school system there, and California had a great reputation - but it was the failure to teach standard English and demand that the kids learn it and express themselves in it that has brought us to this state.
Well driving by the schools around here when they let them out I don't see any white kids. They probably graduated or something.
The Asians - yes. Every white kid I talk to has a vocabulary that sounds like it originated in some ghetto.
Keep the same standards as now, just change the test slightly.
For example, instead of asking for the series to calculate mathematical π, change it to having the student demonstrate how to condomize a cucumber.
No need for lower standards, but ask the questions based on what they learn the most!
“Time would be better spent teaching them how to make change-—————”
There are college graduates today who can’t make change.
Maybe they need to find a few more languages to print the books in so they have a chance??
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Even in Alabama. The schools are being overrun with foreign children. The schools no longer divide children by ability. Every elementary level teacher receives a mishmash of students from all sorts of backgrounds. The low level students are taken out of class throughout the day. The foreign students are taken out throughout the day. It makes for many disruptions and a lack of continuity for those students. Some are far behind. It is a travesty because American children are being penalized for being American. Black children from rough homes are being hurt because attention is being shifted to others. It is bad.
There is a huge push for pre K in Alabama. They are adding more and more classrooms each year. The children who are being served in these classrooms are often ESL students. A few in each classroom are the children of Arabs here for college. American children are not filling those coveted seats. It is bad.
I love children. I want children to have wonderful, productive lives. But is it the responsibility of the United States to educate foreign children or the children of foreigners who are here temporarily? Or children here illegally? Why do Democrats want American children to come last?
How can a school system be expected to teach kids that are constantly on the move?