By Matthew Jerome - May 18, 2010
The Washington Post is reporting today that nearly two-thirds of students in Virginia and Maryland do not read proficiently by the time they finish third grade. The third grade is a pivotal milestone when material becomes more complex and children are more likely to slip behind, according to a national report released Tuesday.
The report, “Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters”, highlights links between early literacy and high school graduation rates and future economic success.
This should not come at a great surprise. Both of these states provide the boundary of Washington D.C. And who is attending these schools you may ask? The children of our politicians and government officials. It proves the apple does not fall far from the tree, even after it hits a few chained protesters on its way down.
I jest of course. We just are not spending enough on education or at least that’s what the Elites have screamed. According to 2007 numbers, issued in the 2009 Census Bureau- New York (#1) spent $15,981 per student and D.C. (#3) spent $14,324. The results for all that spending? The report card for New York and D.C. schools show continued dropping scores. Remember the innovative men and women of important discoveries such as: Electricity, Cars, Tang (to me anyway!), Computers, the Pocket Fisherman and AstroTurf for Bill Clinton’s El Camino bed were educated for a little less money and some in one room schools.
Money is not the problem. It is all about the control and the dumbing down of America. The Department of Education has over stepped its boundaries and is absent of any constitutional authority. It needs to stop its social engineering and its educational monopoly and return all curriculum to the states.
I think people are tempted to have their children stay home, watch cartoons and home school them. At the very least Scooby Doo taught us to never trust a man that runs a haunted amusement park. We too need to learn a thing or two about trust. In the words of Ronald Reagan, “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”