General News and Politics By Jim Barber, Camp Verde, Arizona Current news and political discussion
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
REDISTRIBUTE EDUCATION DOLLARS
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The annual reports on the two most popular college-admission tests, the ACT and SAT, should be a wakeup call for the American public. Our enormously expensive K-12 school system is failing. Nationally, only 26% of prospective college students (only 21% in Arizona) achieve a score predicting success in the core subjects of math, science, English and reading, the building blocks of higher education. 31% failed to reach the benchmark score for any of the four core subjects. How can we justify spending an increasing amount of tax dollars on a system producing these results? It is time for change.
While every qualified student should have a chance for a college education, the 31% probably stand little chance of getting past freshman year. A look at the size of the freshman class compared to the graduating class at ASU gives an inkling of how many don't belong there. Of course, ASU, whose president makes 3 times the salary of President Obama, ranks high as a "party school."
But those who are heavily invested in the status quo have clout and resist change that could upset their applecart. Higher education dollars could be reallocated to K-12 education.