[...] let's look at it another way: only 38% of white boys are "proficient" at reading, which is a level below true fluency with the printed word. What does that say about our educational system generally? It says, not to put too fine a point on it, that we are becoming a nation of ignoramuses. For more than 40 years, ever since the publication of the Coleman Report, the key variable when it comes to educational achievement is parental involvement; all other factors--money, class size, choice and competition--are peripheral. Over those same forty years, parents have had to work harder to get by--two, three jobs in many cases--as good paying manufacturing jobs vanished. And, over that same period of time, the impact of crap culture--the Jersey Shore-ization of American Society--has increased exponentially. Those effects hit hardest on the poorest families and those with a single-parent trying to do the job of two...but they are endemic across the culture.
Great idea. Let's just be sure not to ask any cable news anchors to moderate it.