When Learning Does Not Occur: A Tale of Remediation and Sorrow

From the land of 16oz drinks and no trans fats:

Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.


In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics.

If these students had to learn reading and writing and arithmetic–at the age of 17 or older–then I must set the record straight. There was no relearning involved. They had never learned the material to begin with. They were not “lost sometimes in the classroom” — they couldn’t read the directions to locate the classroom.

What a public testimony the millions of dollars which are wasted every year in New York City high schools. Per pupil spending there is nearly $20,000 per year. If those same students were given a 40-hour per week job at $10 an hour (roughly the same annual cost) they probably would be no worse off–and the taxpayers wouldn’t know the difference.

If children are our future, I fear for the future of the Big Apple.


Find all the grammar and spelling errors in the main linked article. As one commenter noted, perhaps the writer was one of these poor students.