How bad are New York City public schools? A report filed last Thursday by CBS New York provides a frank and sobering answer to that question.
According to the report, nearly 80 percent of high school graduates need to “relearn” basic skills in core subjects — reading, writing and math — before they can be considered for admission to the City University’s community college system. In raw numbers, these findings mean that roughly 11,000 recipients of diplomas from city high schools require remedial help to get into programs that in some cases historically admit 100 percent of all students that apply.
As James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal noted on Friday, the use of the verb relearn is rather interesting, implying as it does that the students learned the the necessary skills in the first place and then forgot them.
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