SHORT COMMUNICATIONS 329
No Surprise Here
Sooner or later it had to happen, and the blame can be attached to the counterculture philosophy as it became part of America’s school systems. It is termed as “unexpected”, but it should not be. The fact is high school graduates have very poor communication skills; they cannot write or talk according to acceptable and educated standards. They can text with the best of them, but do them no good as they enter a college or university or the job market. There is tremendous skills gap out there in America.
Employers always look for the same skills time after time; communication, teamwork, flexibility, and a positive attitude. None of these can be taught. Everything else can be taught. What bothers employers the most is not being prepared for the interview and having a bad attitude.
Then there are the high school graduates who do not wish to enter the job market. They plan on a collage career first. That is when another rude awakening takes place when some serious facts become know: An estimated 1.7 million high school graduates need remedial courses in math, science, and grammar and composition that lead to eating up time and money before their four years of college career begins. Considerable time and money is spent during remedial preparation. In a third the cases it takes six years to earn a bachelor’s degree. Nearly 20% percent of those entering a four-year university have to take one remedial course. Some need to take all three remedial courses. The remedial course most frequently needed is English grammar and composition.
All of this remedial work is a strong indication that America’s high schools are far from doing a good job. Just think of all the high school graduates who do not plan on getting a college degree but are in need remedial courses to just speak and write well. When it is all added up, it is very sad commentary on America’s high schools.
It is a sad commentary also and no coincidence that the U. S. has sunk to very low ranking in the international standing of testing for academic achievement. The U. S. will never again rank near the top academically in any kind of special testing. You can take that to Las Vegas and bet any amount on that.