80% of NYC HS grads need help with the 3 R's to get into city’s community colleges

80% of NYC HS grads need help with the 3 R's to get into city’s community colleges

schoolHow bad are New York City public schools? A report filed by CBS New York provides a frank and sobering answer to that question.

According to the report, nearly 80 percent of high school graduates need to “relearn” basic skills in core subjects — reading, writing and math — before they can be considered for admission to the City University’s community college system.

In raw numbers, these findings mean that roughly 11,000 recipients of diplomas from city high schools require remedial help to get into programs that in some cases historically admit 100 percent of all applicants.

As James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal noted on Friday, the use of the verb relearn is rather interesting, implying as it does that the students learned the the necessary skills in the first place and then forgot them.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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