The Saddest Commentary
The saddest commentary upon our nation is that which says we can’t afford to educate 78% of our young people.
This statement comes from statistics found in Manhattan Institute’s policy research paper, “Public High School Graduation and College Readiness Rates in the United States” by Jay P. Greene, Ph.D. & Greg Foster, Ph.D. Page 1, Paragraph 3 states “Only 70% of all students in public high school graduate, and only 32% of all students leave high school qualified to attend four-year colleges”. This does not take into account those who dropped out of school. That amounts to 10.7% of young people ages 16 though 24 years of age according to the National Center of Educational Statistics. This also excludes institutionalized youth.
From this we can extrapolate that 78% of young people are not prepared for college. Knowing this is true, what are they prepared for in the working world? What career can they pursue?