1 in 10 graduates of DC schools rarely if ever attended school


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The coming dark age: An investigation into the Washington DC school system has found a great deal of corruption in grading, including the fact that 1 in 10 graduates receive diplomas even though they rarely if ever attend school.

The report, commissioned by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, portrays a school system riddled by student absenteeism and teachers who feel pressured to push chronically absent high school seniors across the graduation stage regardless of whether they earned their diplomas.

The review saved some of its sharpest criticism for Ballou High School, which has been engulfed in controversy amid a graduation scandal. The report found that the school’s administrators told teachers that a high percentage of their students were expected to pass and encouraged them to provide makeup work and extra credit to students, no matter how much school they missed. Teachers received little training in a new grading system, and their annual performance reviews hinged in small part on their success in graduating students.

At the same time the report was released, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced that Ballou Principal Yetunde Reeves, who had been reassigned pending the investigation, will not return to the Southeast Washington school.

While this kind of corruption in public schools is somewhat rampant throughout the country, it has tended to happen far more in cities and states that have been controlled for years by a one-party political machine, which in the U.S. has almost routinely been a Democratic Party machine. The problem isn’t specifically Democrats (though that party’s policies almost routinely make things worse). The problem is the one-party political machine and a reliance on a big government school system.

It would be far better to eliminate the whole public school system, including the taxes it confiscates, and leave it to the families in a local neighborhood to simply band together, hire a teacher, and start a one-room school house for their elementary school kids. These small schools could then band together to form a larger high school, all paid for directly by the parents.

Sounds absurd? It was how the colonies and the U.S. did it for their first few hundred years, until the late 1800s.

I admit that going back to the old way might not work, however. There has also been a dumbing-down of standards nationwide, by everyone. We also no longer have the moral and religious framework that dominated American culture before the mid-20th century that required all parents to get their kids educated.

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  • Ted

    “I admit that going back to the old way might not work, however. There has also been a dumbing-down of standards nationwide, by everyone. We also no longer have the moral and religious framework that dominated American culture before the mid-20th century that required all parents to get their kids educated.”

    Mr. Z this is and has been happening for almost 3 decades now – Home Schooling. You might want to contact the Home School Legal Defense Fund (and other proponents of Home Schooling) for more details.

    We were blessed with 11 children. All of them were home schooled. They are all successful parents, mangers, workers and can hold their own in almost any social situation. Is home schooling perfect. No – but it is wildly successful when done correctly.

  • pzatchok

    Democrats want a new “slave” class of Americans. Ones they can easily manipulate because of ignorance.

    They have kept the african americans or blacks down since reconstruction. Now they are starting to realize this and are starting to at keast try to improve their local schools.

    So since they stand a pretty good chance of not staying Democrats after getting a better education they need to, plan to, import a new slave class. Mexicans, as long as they stay undereducate dthey have a new voter base for the next 10 to 15 years.

  • Jim Jakoubek

    pzatchok –

    Wise words and I agree with what you say.

    The thing that galls me is that when an American who happens to be black (and yes, American comes first and then
    if one wishes they can add the distinction. I am American – Czech for example.) who has made something of themselves
    and are successful, they are derided for “not being with the program” or are called “Oreos” (Black on the outside but
    white on the inside) if they don’t follow the narrative that the Democratic Party puts out.

    Look what they did to Colin Powell. A man who rose to become head of the Chiefs of Staff. All was good until he
    declared that he was a Republican. Then all of a sudden he could not have gotten to where he worked his whole
    life for without Affermative Action.

    Every election cycle it is always the same story. We have to have “hope”, we need to “change”, we need to “understand” and all the rest.

    It is time to stop this.

    President Lincoln said that “A house divided against itself can not stand”. This is what the Democrats do. Divide us
    while they speak of unity.

  • ken anthony

    Those one room school houses graduated students that knew Latin, calculus and history where being a white guy wasn’t synonymous with being the root of all evil. Evil used to be defined by the content of character and proved by actions.

    When parents directly pay for something they are much more interested in the outcome.

  • Edward

    An excellent analysis of modern American education can be found in the documentary “Waiting for Superman.”

    Spoiler alert: Superman never comes to save the day. (Neither does Mighty Mouse.)

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