First, parents expect that their children will know how to read, write, and acquire basic math skills by the time they graduate. However, public schools throughout the United States are failing to teach these basic academic skills. The French Commission for American Education reported that: "If there be a nation which has expected everything from education that nation certainly is the people of the United States" (160). It seems that not much has changed. Recent studies show that of the 2.4 millions who graduate, as many as twentieth percentiles cannot read or write at the eighth grade level. This is a tragic statistic for a nation claiming to be so developed. There are more opportunities to education in the United States than any other country in the world, yet evidence shows that the United States ranks "at the bottom of nineteen industrial nations in reading, writing, and arithmetic." In addition, students are ranking lower than ever on Academic... [continues]
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