Very disturbing news today.
“It’s an education bombshell. Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates (who apply to CUNY colleges) need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system. The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.”
So, the question is, how do these students graduate from high school without learning to read, write and do basic math? They needed Kumon, big time. The window of learning in which Kumon can significantly help students develop basic and advanced skills, study skills and independent learning ability is wide. Students who begin Kumon from pre-school to early high school who apply themselves on a daily basis over a period of at least two to five years will probably get much of what they need, even if they have learning challenges. However, the window has just about closed for these students. Remediating basic skills, especially reading and writing, at this late stage is next to impossible.