A report out from The Education Trust, reported by the Associated Press, says that “[n]early one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can’t answer basic math, science and reading questions.”
It goes on to say, “The report by The Education Trust found that 23 percent of recent high school graduates don’t get the minimum score needed on the enlistment test to join any branch of the military.”
And we’re not talking physics and trig, here. They’re missing questions like “If 2 plus x equals 4, what is the value of x?”
A story at FoxNews.com says, “The military exam results are also worrisome because the test is given to a limited pool of people: Pentagon data shows that 75 percent of those aged 17 to 24 don’t even qualify to take the test because they are physically unfit, have a criminal record or didn’t graduate high school.”
So our kids are fat, stupid criminals. But if you’ve been in an elementary schools lately, you’ll know that the kids have self-esteem and they recyle.
Not that those things aren’t important – they are. But when we’re graduating – graduating! – students who can’t answer 2 + 2, then clearly our priorities are askew.
I apologize. This was politically incorrect and probably intolerant.