Most high school and college students have returned to classes or are returning this week after today, Labor Day. While it is great that parents have had a summer to dote on their kids, it is time to buckle down and expect achievements from them that they are worthy of producing! Remember that you don’t have to hover because in the end, it simply takes away from them; they may come to expect that the world should dote like you do – and the results may be horrific!
While the whole No Child Left Behind concept may have been developed with good intentions in mind, in the end, there was quite a bit of misunderstanding and things like Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Honor Role Recipients are no longer being announced. But, hey, why not hand out participation trophies or ribbons to everyone in the class or on the school sports teams simply because we don’t want any feelings to be hurt along the way and because it will make mommy and daddy feel better when their child is recognized – even if they don’t deserve the recognition!
How is all this affecting America and our overall stability in the educational sect? Well, let’s take a look. Reboot Illinois posted a recent article entitled ‘The Scores Are In: How Did Illinois’ Class of 2014 Do On The ACT?’ Brendan Bond captured this information in his sequence that is disturbing to say the least.
The data Bond presented shows that Illinois students, only met the four college readiness benchmarks on the ACT, based on the national average, by 26% which just happened to be the same percentage of Illinois students that met all four benchmarks.
Some of the information that Brendan posted was received from Diane Rado, a Chicago Tribune reporter. Rado stated that a Tribune Review of ACT results found that:
•Illinois’ 20.7 composite score is the second-highest of the 12 states where 100 percent of graduates are considered to have taken the exam. Only Utah had a higher composite — 20.8. Massachusetts had the highest average score — 24.3 — but fewer than a quarter of graduates took the ACT. More Massachusetts students take the rival SAT college entrance exam.
•Illinois’ black and Latino students still lag whites when it comes to ACT scores, though some progress has been made in shrinking performance gaps between the groups. At the same time, white students trail Asian students, who got the highest average score of the racial groups in 2014 — 24.3.
•Illinois had 184 graduates scoring the highest ACT score of 36. Only California had a higher number of perfect scores, 196.
•State high school graduates had the fifth-highest score in the country on the optional ACT writing exam — 7.7 out of a possible 12. The highest writing score was an 8.3, in Connecticut.
Parents, these numbers are really scary. Could it be that all the coddling along the way, combined with the No Child Left Behind policy has taken away from our children instead of making them into strong and confident young people that are ready to take on the world? It is time we really sit back and digest parenting for if we don’t, where will our kids end up if they cannot care for themselves when they don’t have us to care for them?