Friday, October 06, 2006

Texas failed schools generating crime

Texas has long claimed 85% graduation rates, with President Bush calling the state a model for his "No Child Left Behind" initiative. In reality, it turns out, fewer than 70 percent of Texas students graduate, including less than half of minority students in Houston and Dallas ("Experts claim Texas graduation rates inflated," Houston Chronicle, Oct. 6).

I've argued before that failure of the educational system to treat dyslexia contributes to crime. These statistics cause me to think a failed educational system in general has become its own indirect crime generator. In the modern information economy, if you can't read and have no skills what would you choose to do? Pick onions or sell drugs?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Say 800 pounder...

Why are you not homeschooling your children?