New York Schools have failed again in the educational system. Countless dollars have gone into New York schools, and the districts within the state continue to fall well below average and remain dismal. A new report shows out of over one hundred schools, 90 percent are failures through the state exams in English and in math. This is two of the most used subjects in the entire school system. Only ten percent passed, only ten!
A clip from the New York Post had this to say, “More than 140 New York City elementary and middle schools had at least one grade where more than 90 percent of kids flunked their state exams last academic year,” according to a Post analysis.
A total of 23 schools had at least one entire class where not a single student passed math or English proficiency test given annually to kids in grades 3 to 8.
“Behind these figures are individuals,’ said Yiatin Chu, a member of Manhattan’s Community Education Council 1, a parental advisory panel. ‘These are families who count on our schools to educate their children. This is depressing, and it’s shocking.”
So how that Common Core Curriculum, huh? It was in these states and this area where it came from. Nothing has created more confusion than the Common Core Curriculum. It was a disaster from the start, and it is a disaster if they try to take away because it has already done its damage. So keep giving more money into the education system in New York they all say. Here is something to think long and hard about. In 2018, the New York City Department of Education had a budget of 24 billion. The public schools in the metropolitan area alone spent around $17.5 thousand per child. In the areas where the cities are economically challenged, the budget went up to $30 thousand per child. AND THEY FAILED!!!!
So, where is the money? Where are the passing scores? A middle school in Harlem had 57 eighth-graders take the math portion of the state test. Not one of the students passed! Another school was recorded to have 47 fifth-graders at Ethan Allen Elementary in Brooklyn take the same test. They all failed the state exam too! At William T. Davis Elementary on Staten Island, 57 third graders took the standard test, and one passed the Math portion while three passed the English part of the test.
One can only bury their face in their hands when the Department of Education spokesperson Danielle Filson was questioned as to why 90 percent or more are showing the failing scores out of 142 schools. She stated, “This is actually good news. Why? Because in 2017, they had more than 190 schools in that category.”
It will be legit to ask if the test itself is the problem. But how hard can it be? Not one person in some classrooms can pass it with a low average D? Something is seriously wrong with this picture, and it needs to be fixed, but not with more money. Unfortunately, these are the first schools where the teachers will cry for pay raises, and that is not to take anything away from the good ones. If one child cannot pass in a classroom, there should be pay cuts.
Kids today have a lot more crammed into the curriculum than ever before. They are forced to memorize everything instead of learning the material before them. For starters, every child has a cell phone in hand. Most today do not even know what the outdoors are anymore. Money should be put toward getting these kids out of the house and doing something constructive. Enough money has been put into education in that part of the world, and it’s not working. If it hasn’t proven to be useful, then put the money somewhere where it can help these kids.
Support at home would also be a factor since there are more single parents today than ever before. When there are both parents available, both have to work to make ends meet. It would be a scary thought, thinking these teachers are not doing their jobs. It just cannot be that many. The city needs to look deeper into what the problem may be. Most, not all of these tests require passing scores to move on to the next grade. If the child cannot get past the sixth grade, how will the cycle of poverty ever come to an end?