WILL ELECTION FIX THIS IN SC?
The election is a done thing. The political TV ads are gone and the lawyers have regained control. The political litter on the highways is being recycled. Is a stronger, wiser South Carolina destined for us?
South Carolina ranks 41st on the list of states with best and worst schools, high school graduation rate is 82.6 percent (18th lowest), and public school spending is $11,178 per student (20th lowest).
The National Assessment of Education Progress, aka the nation’s report card, ranks our eighth-grade proficiency levels as follows: math, 25.7 percent; and reading, 27.8 percent.
The NAEP rates South Carolina fourth-graders 65 percent below basic reading skills and 79 percent below math.
These stats explain why only 27.2 percent (13th lowest) of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, and why adults (ages 25 to 64) with incomes at or above the national median is sixth lowest.
Do our politicians have the right priorities? Is plugging holes in the road more important than filling brains? The cycle is perpetual. Parents weren’t taught and thus they cannot help their children to learn. – John McGoldrick Okatie