Via Ol' Remus
In four years, we have gone down in reading from 11th to 17th, in science from 20th to 21st and in math from 25th to 26th.
Some insist the persistence of poverty in an affluent America is the cause of these declining test scores.America’s poor receive free food, free health care and free education for their children from Head Start to K-12. The poor get subsidized housing and subsidized incomes. They are exempt from federal income taxes. State programs and private charities pick up where the feds leave off. Yet, if poverty explains the dismal performance of America’s students, why are they being lapped by *Vietnamese 15-year-olds?