High School Graduates Cannot Read
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. The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years.
When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn't make the grade.
They had to re-learn basic skills -- reading, writing and math -- first before they could begin college courses. They are part of a disturbing statistic.
Officials said nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University's community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.
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.
To meet the needs of the students, City University has launched a special program called CUNY Start. It provides low-cost immersion classes. Sherry Mason teaches a writing class.
"They get lost sometimes in the classroom and in CUNY Start we give them a lot more one-on-one attention, small group work. It helps them achieve more in a short amount of time and so they're able to get on with their credit classes," Mason said...
In its defense, the NYC Department of Education said it has raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent over the last seven years. And that the number of students needing remedial courses to do college work has declined slightly -- by half a percentage point overall
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Editor's Note: But they can't buy a 32oz drink and they know how to put a condom on a banana, so they have that going for them...Ironically, in the original uncorrected version of this story, there were spelling mistakes...must have been a NYC high school graduate...
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