Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Thursday, August 19, 2010

More Evidence of Our Collapsing Schools

As if we needed it:
The Freshman Foul: Poor ACT Scores
High School Students Score Lower than Ever on ACT: 28 Percent Unprepared to Pass Even One College-Level Subject

It's the annual mid-August ritual for college students: moving into their dorms. But tests suggest an alarming number of high school graduates are arriving unprepared for college level class work, reports CBS News national correspondent Jim Axelrod.

"I have always had a hard time with math and science those are my two hardest subjects," Jeanette Settembre, a sophomore at Manhattan College, told CBS News. " I don't feel like I was prepared in those two subjects for when I went to college."

Those are two of four subjects measured by the ACT - a test taken mainly in the Midwest and the South that measures if students know enough to pass first year college courses.

Some 28 percent were unprepared to pass even one of the subjects - math, reading, English and science -- ACT measures.

"We've got a lot of work to do -- especially in math and science," said Cyndie Schmeiser, ACT's Education Division president and chief operating officer.

A lot. One recent study concluded high school students in 23 countries were outperforming U.S. students in math. Students in 16 countries were outperforming U.S. students in science. And nine countries did better in literacy.

While some reformers encourage students to take harder courses in high school, others say the solution lies in a more comprehensive overhaul.
Like a nuke from orbit.

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