How to Stop the Drop in Verbal Scores – NYTimes.com

How to Stop the Drop in Verbal Scores – NYTimes.com.

Op-Ed Contributor

How to Stop the Drop in Verbal Scores

Charlottesville, Va.

THE latest bad but unsurprising news on education is that reading and writing scores on the SAT have once again declined. The language competence of our high schoolers fell steeply in the 1970s and has never recovered.

This is very worrisome, because the best single measure of the overall quality of our primary and secondary schools is the average verbal score of 17-year-olds. This score correlates with the ability to learn new things readily, to communicate with others and to hold down a job. It also predicts future income.

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  1. Pit

    One reason for the decline in the students’ abilities that I find is never mentioned in all the discussions of the deficiencies of the educational system, both here in the US and in my native country, Germany, is the influence of the parents. It is basically them who have to create interest in learning ion their children and “deliver” to the educational system children that can be taught. Whatever measures the state takes, it can never ever replace that commitment by the parents.

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