Democrats: High Schools Are Terrible

Governors Work to Improve H.S. Education,” Associated Press, http://asia.news.yahoo.com/050227/ap/d88gh7do0.html, 27 February 2005.

America has terrible secondary schools. We also have an opposition party that is morphing into the American Tory Party. It’s nice when people fight this reality, whether the man is the Democratic Governor of Virginia

The nation’s governors offered an alarming account of the American high school Saturday, saying only drastic change will keep millions of students from falling short.

We can’t keep explaining to our nation’s parents or business leaders or college faculties why these kids can’t do the work,” said Virginia Democratic Gov. Mark Warner, as the state leaders convened for the first National Education Summit aimed at rallying governors around high school reform.

The governors say they want to emerge Sunday with specific plans for enacting policy, weary of statistics showing that too many students are coasting, dropping out or failing in college.

Or Bill Gates

Once in college, one in four students at four-year universities must take at least one remedial course to master what they should have learned in high school, government figures show.

The most blunt assessment came from Microsoft chief Bill Gates, who has put more than $700 million into reducing the size of high school classes through the foundation formed by him and his wife, Melinda. He said high schools must be redesigned to prepare every student for college, with classes that are rigorous and relevant to kids and with supportive relationships for children.

“America’s high schools are obsolete,” Gates said. “By obsolete, I don’t just mean that they’re broken, flawed or underfunded, though a case could be made for every one of those points. By obsolete, I mean our high schools _ even when they’re working as designed _ cannot teach all our students what they need to know today.”

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