Education: Right or Wrong

A store clerk who was only 70% accurate in making change would soon be fired. Concluding that a 70% passing mark is equally absurd in school arithmetic, "cooperative" classes in New York City high schools—whose students attend classes and work at outside jobs in alternate weeks—have made 100% the passing mark in arithmetic tests. Last week the assistant director of these classes reported that 79% of her pupils flunked.


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