he failure of the public education system devised by U.S. elites has reached catastrophic proportions, despite the spending of billions and billions of taxpayer dollars by the U.S. Department of Education over many decades. A new study reveals that one-third of all American high school seniors in 2006 were unable to achieve a diploma, revealing a failure rate described by one researcher as "frightening."
The research shows that in 14 of the country's largest urban school districts, a majority of students fail to graduate, according to the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. The research was funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The school districts where most students fail to graduate from high school include Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Milwaukee, Miami, Memphis, Denver, Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, and Baltimore. More than 60 percent of students fail in three districts, Detroit, Baltimore, and New York.
In dozens of other urban areas, the graduation rates are not much better. Nashville's graduation rate is only 50 percent. In Albuquerque and Chicago, the rate is just 52 percent. The rate is only 55 percent or less in Philadelphia, Austin, and New Orleans.
"The findings present a bleak picture," reported Greg Toppo of USA Today.
Christopher Swanson, director of the EDE Research Center that published the findings, agrees.
"Our research paints a much starker picture of the challenges we face in high school graduation. When 30 percent of our ninth-graders [ultimately] fail to finish high school with a diploma, we are dealing with a crisis that has frightening implications for our future," he said.
The research is regarded by many in the field as eye-opening.
"It's going to help people understand that we can't deny or ignore this crisis anymore," said Ross Weiner of the Education Trust, an education reform advocacy group.
Presidents - whether Democrat or Republican - at least since Richard Nixon have all pledged to improve education. This year, the budget of the federal Department of Education, which was created more than 30 years ago under President Jimmy Carter, is $89 billion.
Researchers at Harvard University report that passage of President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act aimed at improving education has so far had no beneficial effect on student academic performance.