According to a report by CBS New York, 80 pecent of NYC public school graduates had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math--before they could begin college courses.
I don't know what the rate is in Ohio, but my post-high school teaching experience tells me it has to be very significant. Recently, the Ohio Board of Regents has relegated remedial classes to community colleges, but institutions like the University of Toledo, which no longer has a community college, continues to accept unprepared students; and thus, its retention rate suffers.
As taxpayers, we pay for 12 years of public education; and then we subsidize remedial college classes. Where's the burden of responsibility for these students and their parents? Here's an idea--if you didn't bother to prepare for college--you can't get in. It's a throwback to "anyone can achieve whatever they want." We forget to include the "if you put the necessary energy, preparation, and effort into it" part.
NYC public schools demographics show that when all 5 Burroughs are counted, 70 percent of the students are black or Hispanic. In the Bronx, 90 percent of the students fall into that category. Even though most of them can't read or write, thank god that Michelle Obama is focusing on having them eat vegetables for lunch.