Friday, December 11, 2009
"Yet last week came a report from New York that makes DC look like MIT. Some 200 students, in their first math class at City University of New York, were tested on their basic math skills. Ninety percent could not do basic algebra. One-third could not convert a decimal into a fraction. ... Yet, the education racket has been shaking us down for four decades, and turning out graduates that know less and less. ... Just as there are many kids who do not have the athletic ability to play high school sports, or the musical ability to play in a high school band, or the verbal ability to recite poetry well or star in debate, not every kid has the academic ability to do high school work. ... This campaign to equalize test scores among unequal students is utopian and unattainable, and amounts to a scam by the education industry", my emphasis, Pat Buchanan, Vdare, 19 November 2009: http://www.vdare.com/buchanan/091119_test_scores.htm.
Yes PB. I've said this for about 40 years. I have seen college graduates who can't work with fractions.