Wisconsin: one out of three eighth graders can read! Yay, teachers!

Posted by: Phineas on February 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Well, isn’t this special? With teachers union members demanding the right to keep better medical and pension plans better than almost anyone else has in Wisconsin, and with Democratic state senators Fleebaggers showing their support by running away from their jobs in order to block representative democracy, it’s nice to know that these teachers truly earn their money and benefits.

I mean, what’s wrong with a 66% illiteracy rate among Wisconsin 8th-graders?

Jeez, what do you people expect — that our children should actually know how to read and write?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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19 Responses to “Wisconsin: one out of three eighth graders can read! Yay, teachers!”


  1. Kate says:

    BINGO…this is the kind of thing that I get upset about. I know there are kids with learning disabilities, but this must border on pure negligence. How does anyone get to eighth grade and still be considered illerate? Could they be counting all those English-as-a-second-language children? (are there that many Mexican/Puerto Rican/Hispanic folks in Wisconsin????)

  2. FrankNitti says:

    by the fact that you can’t flunk a grade any more it’s really not surprising.

    i work in a school dist in S.C. and i can speak for the fact that teachers don’t teach the way they did when i was in school…
    these teachers from the first day of class teach the standardized test, because that’s all that counts in the eyes of the federal govt.

    it’s sad really……but to hear the teachers and the school districts, “it’s all about the kids”

    when in fact it’s all about the money

  3. bob jones says:

    The teachers are just doing the job they have been told to do. A letter was sent out to all public school districts some 20 years ago by the head of the NEA instructing teachers to “dumb down” the students because ignorant people were much easier to control. So according to the teacher’s union they are very, very successful.

  4. Marilyn says:

    Taking my cue from our President, I don’t understand why we are worried about this. After all, it could be much worse. ;)

    The school my kids attended had 100% literacy, and 100% of the students have gone on to college. 100% have two-year degrees, and the first graduate finishes a four-year degree in June.

    They all went to school in my kitchen.

  5. GermanShepherdsBringOrder says:

    Why not just fire them and start over? There are many young teachers around who would do a much better job for half the money.

  6. AnonymousDrivel says:

    Sixty-six percent illiteracy? That’s shockingly poor, yet we keep hearing about how good their school system is. Say… you don’t think the taxpaying public is being misled, do you?

    I guess illiteracy is… “for the children.”

  7. Shawn says:

    Teachers these days should be ashamed of themselves. This survey tells me that 2 out of 3 teachers need to be fired and replaced.

  8. Iva Biggin says:

    I’d guess that maybe two out of three Wisconsin eighth grade teachers can read. We’ll need to give ’em more money so we can bump that number up to 2.5

  9. BeeKay says:

    That’s not a bug, that’s a feature. The left can’t have people being able to know how to read, that means people will actually read something other than leftist propaganda and *gasp* come up with opinions that disagree with the left.

  10. Carlos says:

    You’re being generous, Shawn. The other teacher is complicit by silence.

    And Marilyn, do those students of yours know the really important things, like how to put a condom on a cucumber? I suppose you’re probably one of those racist, bigoted people that expected your children to abstain, right?

    The NEA has for years been “dumbing down” their charges because, as BeeKay points out, it’s easier to control the “small people” if they are ignorant. That’s the only explanation for the president we have. The timeline of that dumbing down also closely follows the involvement of the federal government in local teaching, too.

    Maybe what we really need to do is fire the federal government from their pernicious role in what is essentially and specifically a local program. That way, if Nazi Pelousy and her Bay area cohorts in stupidity wanted to stay dumbed down, they would have that option.

    For me, I’d rather my kids/grandkids learned things that will help them both now and later in life.

    Like reading.

  11. NC Cop says:

    It’s Bush’s fault!!!!

  12. FrankNitti says:

    a no brainer and a cost saving idea……get rid of the dept of education. carter’s great idea just ain’t doing the job it was suppose to do.

  13. Carlos says:

    Unfortunately, Frank, it’s doing exactly the job it was designed to do. Thanks, Jimmuh!

    BTW, not to be a wet towel about this, but what exactly are some of the definitions in the study? How was WI rated in comparison to the rest of the states?

    And, especially, would you trust at face value ANY study done by the United States?

  14. Chris says:

    Parents moved our family from Wisconsin 40+ years ago, back when my Wisconsin 6th-grade-level ejoomikashun placed me roughly 6-9 months ahead of my classmates in the already-socialist-headed California middle school in which I was enrolled. My parents and I were surprised. I was immediately placed into the school’s 7th-grade “Advanced” track. Sounds like today it would be a virtual tie between dumb and dumber.

    Guess these folks have made their “progressive” classtimes places of bleating, writhing and rhythm-a-tics.

    At least the results seem to point in that direction.

  15. Tango says:

    The thing is, I don’t believe the numbers are much better in many other states. I know the drop out rate and failure to graduate rate here in Nevada is shockingly high. Of course, at the moment the teachers union here is putting on the full court press for “mo’ money! Mo’ money! Mo’ MONEY!” And has stated publicly that if that means raising taxes, then so be it. Fortunately our GOP governor isn’t buying it, so far.

    Marilyn: Home schooled kids have a HUGE advantage over their public schooled peers. All four of my g’kids were/are home schooled. The two eldest are now in college and having an easier time than many of the public schooled students. The two youngest aren’t of college age yet. I know not everyone can home school their kids – but for those who CAN, it’s an immense advantage.

  16. Glenn Bergen says:

    I find the failure of 66% of 8th grade students in Wisconsin to read AT or above grade level, disturbing. We have seen this in our intelligence systems with younger military members. You could present a map of the world and ask them to point out IRAQ on the map, and they would not have a clue. We are in deep dooh-dooh!

  17. Carlos says:

    Glenn, about 25% of them could not identify the United States! And if you gave them a map of the United States with the states delineated, nearly 50% could not identify their state of residence (if they even knew what that meant!).

    Yes, the fairy tale land of unicorns and frog princes very easily extends well beyond the White House to most other leftist-controlled institutions, including education.

  18. Glenn Bergen says:

    Now,we ask a member to attack “an objective” and thius individual DOES NOT know the basic fundamentals…Where are the bombs going to fall??

  19. JayDee says:

    I went to school in a one room schoolhouse. About 40 kids, eight grades, only one teacher. We learned math, english, geography and civics. All many of the kids are learning today is to say “Do you want fries with that?”

    “The last official act of any government
    is to loot the treasury.”
    ~ George Washington