High school kids not being able to read?

@Tatsuya (1150)
United States
December 21, 2006 10:47pm CST
Why is this happening in schools all over the place. Children graduating high school not even knowing how to read. I can't understand this at all. When I graduated, there were at least 5 people in my class that didn't know how to read. I couldn't believe it. All they could read were small words and they could sign their name. Is this because of overcrowding in schools, the some children are being overlooked? What do you think of this? I think that the school system needs to work with each student indepently. That way at least the kids can read.
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26 responses
• United States
22 Dec 06
It's because the schools don't care about our kids. Get 'em in, get 'em promoted, get 'em out. Schools are a business, sad but true. They don't want to pay extra help, and they sure don't want to do it themselves. I had to homeschool my youngest for 3 years until we could afford to move out of that school district. They wanted to put him in special ed classes because he didn't do his homework. Imagine that, a sixth-grader blowing off his homework. Bet that never happened before. Now my boy is in 10th grade, in high academic classes exactly where he belongs. The schools don't care about anything but the money they get from the government and their precious jocks that bring in the ticket & concession money for their sporting events. Sick, but true.
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Its disgusting that schools are really that way. When I was a student, I didn't go to games or dances or anything. I didn't have the money to, but even if I did I still would'nt have gone. There is more to life than which school wins the football game. I think teachers need to get back to teaching, and quit worrying about all that other stuff.
@luzamper (1360)
• Philippines
22 Dec 06
There are really many high school graduates who cannot read well. Nowadays many youngsters do not concentrate on their studies. They devote more time for what they call gimmicks, enjoying here and there, and seem irresponsible of what would be the future for them. Everything begins at home so the parents should inculcate in the minds of the children to study. Basic education is important for all of us and reading is a basic requirement in life even in the olden times because things were written. Primitive attitudes should be gone. We are now in cyber age. The government of course play a very important role in providing good educational system. They should perform their functions effectively. Most of all, the person concerned is responsible to himself. He must strive to learn. But as observed, many become happy go lucky not minding what will happen tomorrow. The best teacher is the Holy Bible. The religious leaders play the most important role in morality development. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Evangelists should keep on preaching the Word of God. Faith comes by hearing the Word.
@natuser28 (907)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Simple. The government rather spend money on bombs than education. So there for you have uneducation kids running around. Your future president is going to an idiot.
@bryelee (452)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Are you sure about that, we spend a huge amount on eduation.
• United States
23 Dec 06
Maybe where you live. But in the inner city, there's a reason why crime is higher than say the surburbs. I'm a witness of it. In junior high, they had to copies of the books because there wan't enough. what was so bad. the copies was faded. Did you know last year they wanted to cut P.E. from kids class because the government wanted to cutt back.
• Philippines
10 Jan 07
yeah, i agree with you, i think this is all because of the overpopulation in schools. it would be better if there are enough teachers to handle and teach the students but no. i guess this is due tio the small income that teachers have i guess the government should put more importance on teachers and have enough budget for their salary. and also enough budget for schools and education development.
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Yes, we are hurting for teachers. A lot of teachers are underpaid for what they do. I remember when I was in a young grade, the teach went out and bought materials and stickers for everyone in the class to make a sticker book. She paid for it out of pocket instead of using money from the school. There are ways that schools can raise money and help to teach children to read.
@serenetee (380)
• Singapore
23 Dec 06
This will not happen in Singapore because we have examinations, since elementary levels, to identify pupils with learning difficulties. My relative, who is 9 year old, was identified to have dyslexia symptoms, i.e. unable to read, write and spell though he is perfectly normal in other areas. He was advised to attend a special school for dyslexia children as he was unable to cope with the mainstream studies. There is also a compulsory elementary school-leaving examination that enables screening of students who are not ready for high school education.
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I'm glad that some countries are taking farther steps to ensure that their people can read. America is really overcrowded and people use that as an excuse, when there should be none. Thanks for responding.
@Island_Geko (3760)
• Canada
23 Dec 06
I hate reading, It was a punishment for me to read outloud and be critised for each thing I sayed wrong so I gave up on reading. also 67% of my classmates could not read a standard non-digital clock whihc is sad. My Aunt had to teach me that in High School.
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
23 Dec 06
I still have problems sometimes reading a non digital clock. But I'm mainly talking about reading as in books. It just amazes me how many people mispell words and can't even read words like education. It's acutally very embarassing to find someone like this, embarassing to me who is around the same age as them.
• Canada
23 Dec 06
I believe it's because teachers are becoming more lenient and pay less attention to the kids. A lot of people in my high school cheat left, right, and centre, and nobody EVER catches them. There are some kids in my class who constantly cheat and who bring the teacher gifts and perfume and anything else along those lines during every test. I think it's ridiculous!
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
10 Jan 07
That is just laziness on the teachers part! If I was a teacher, I'd be sending detentions to each of the kids cheating. They are only hurting themselves, but still. How do they expect to get ahead in life without knowing some pretty basic things? I would never suspend or expel a student, because then they get out of school. It's more of a vacation than a punishment. Thanks for responding.
@FraYFaN09 (1560)
• United States
22 Dec 06
That doesn't make a whole lot of sense because these days kids have to take so many standarized tests that u think people would pick up if someone couldn't read.
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I thought about that too, but I've known people that have gotten through high school without being able to read. Maybe they cheat or just guess. I'm not really sure. Thanks for your response.
@blueman (16516)
• India
22 Dec 06
i do not think all children are like that, but in some schools they may be so, but i've seen some really good schools and children very disciplined.
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
22 Dec 06
yes, but it is still an issue. Thanks for responding.
@vipul20044 (5800)
• India
22 Dec 06
The main reason for this is that the teacher these days are more concerned towards money and promotion rather than letting the kids absorb knowledge IT isnt there fault yes, some kids might be dumb but they arent that dumb that they cannot prolly read All the blame goes to the system the school and the teachers!
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I just think that this needs to be fixed. It's amazing how many kids go through school not knowing how to read. I think the teachers need to teach better. Thanks for responding.
@klystron635 (1520)
• Philippines
22 Dec 06
that's a really sad story. they go to school and yet they don't learn anything. there must be something wrong with them or maybe the teachers. not really sure if there should be someone to blame. i guess you can help your classmates by teaching them somehow.
@Tatsuya (1150)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I just couldn't believe it. I don't see how people can go in life without being able to read. I don't understand at all. Thanks for your response.
@adnan007 (1083)
• India
23 Dec 06
children are now s days not giving important to studies these days rather than to other things .this is wrong.even they dont respect the elders .these qualities will make them a dull human being.and due to these reasons they dont try to be good even in later or high school days.
• United States
23 Dec 06
Part of it is the attitude of no child let behind...which instead of giving children the tools to educate themselves has turned our schools into mills pushing graduates out the door yearly. When my children graduated from high school over 50% of the kids in their class had a reading level below their grade level, 70% had a comprehension level even lower than that. Today it is even worse. Perhaps we do need to introduce smaller class sizes, perhaps we need to remove computers from the class room until the children can actually read and comprehend the sentences they are readng. It has come to my attention that the vocabulary available to second year college students is less than the vocabulary I was expected to have by the time I was 12, and not much higher than the one my grandchildren have at the ages of 13. It is frightening to think that while every child is entitled to an education that the quality of that education is severely lacking.
@JMPILAPIL (505)
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
I'm sorry to hear that but it's horrible. Children should know how to read the moment they stepped out of grade school I guess. School system is the one responsible for that.
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
That is very sad to know for at that stage they should really good reader. I agree that maybe the over populated on school affects more on the standard of education.
• Indonesia
23 Dec 06
Nice Posting
@pclloh (249)
• Brazil
23 Dec 06
poor school , poor children
• United States
23 Dec 06
I wonder the same thing. I do not understand hopw this kids keep going to higher and higher grades and cant read. I think it is sad.
@jess1874 (1021)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Wow that's very disappointing to know that people are getting diplomas and not being able to read... what are they going to be contributing to our generations?
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
23 Dec 06
Kids with learning disabilities often don't get the tools they need to learn. I agree that overcrowding and limited budget is probably a big part of the reason for that. Having said that, I'm always suspicious of studies that claim to prove things like that. I know that when the recent Conservative Ontario government wanted to create a panic about the "crisis in the schools" they released all these reports that showed how terrible Ontario students rated against similar studies in other provinces. What they *didn't* say is that they included test results from children of recent immigrants who had not yet learned to speak or read English. I know about this because one of the schools in my neighbourhood has the largest population of recent Portuguese immigrant children in Canada. The staff were *furious*.