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Carlstx
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July 5, 2017 11:22 am  

The Daily News article which appeared on page two of the Tuesday, July 4th edition had some sobering statistics. For the 2013-2014 school year, 41 percent of public school students ages 18 and 19 had not completed high school. For the school year 2015-2016, 81 percent of all public school students were Not Reading At Their Grade Level. For the 2015-2016 school year 93 percent of all public school students were rated Not Proficient in Math. And finally, 90 percent of freshmen at UVI, Class of 2019, scored less than 500 on the SATA (Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults). According to their website, 500 is the mean score.


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stxsailor
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July 5, 2017 12:10 pm  

That's because it's cooler to be an uneducated thug then a smart kid.


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speee1dy
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July 5, 2017 2:01 pm  

unfortunately this is not a new trend


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Devlin
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July 5, 2017 7:14 pm  

Beg to differ. I know many young Crucians- as a group, in terms of intelligence, aspiration, and motivation I think they compare favorably with kids I've worked with in the states- northeast, southeast, and central. There is more at play here than "it's cooler to be an uneducated thug". I don't pretend to understand the results, I'm not in the schools. I know I used to hear a lot of talk about no textbooks in the schools, etc., ten-twelve years ago. It would be useful to know if those results have changed over the last twenty years; you would think that would help lend some context to the conversation. Clearly we're not improving.


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Alana33
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July 5, 2017 7:47 pm  

When you look at the facts that the majority of public schools are in a constant state of disrepair, no money for books, school supplies, repairs, sometimes even school lunches, no plans for any new school buildings, meager salaries for teachers who then pull money out their own pockets to purchase supplies for their classes, it's not difficult to see how there could be issues with the quality of education these kids receive. It's actually a miracle that so many do graduate and go on to college.


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Exit Zero
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July 5, 2017 11:32 pm  

I know a lot of past and present teachers here in both the public and private schools --- almost every single one showed dedication and no matter what the circumstances rarely complained but forged ahead -- I don't think it is the 'quality of education' that has produced the results in the OP - nor do I think 'it is cooler to be a thug' is a big factor in the student population --- whenever I talk to school teachers and staff the overriding influence in a students success is always Parental involvement, inspiration and help.


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LiquidFluoride
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July 9, 2017 8:43 pm  

whenever I talk to school teachers and staff the overriding influence in a students success is always Parental involvement, inspiration and help.

It's a cultural issue, not education issue.

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?


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Exit Zero
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July 9, 2017 10:31 pm  

whenever I talk to school teachers and staff the overriding influence in a students success is always Parental involvement, inspiration and help.

It's a cultural issue, not education issue.

What is a cultural issue? Parental Involvement? Or the appeal of thug life?


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LiquidFluoride
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July 10, 2017 6:27 pm  

What is a cultural issue? Parental Involvement? Or the appeal of thug life?

Both honestly.

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?


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