Thursday, September 25, 2008

Are You Smarter Than an 8th Grader?

The school year kicked off this month and it seems that things are not getting better. Strong American Schools issued a new report entitled Diploma to Nowhere, a study which highlights the fact that many college freshmen need to take remedial classes to relearn skills they should have been taught before graduation. Ultimately, American schools are simply not competitive when compared with other countries. Check out the report for details, but here are some highlights:
  • More than 80 percent of students in Oklahoma's community college system are enrolled in a remedial course.
  • Of the 40,000 freshmen admitted each year into California State University- the largest university system in the country-more than 60 percent need help in English, math, or both.
  • Nearly four out of five remedial students had a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

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