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Terrible Graduation Rates Show You Can Do Anything To The People Of Houston And Get Away With It

A new study reports that only 58.5 % of Houston-area high school freshmen graduate four years later.

Here is the Houston Chronicle story about the study. 

From the study—

Children at Risk, a Houston-based advocacy group, commissioned the Texas Education Agency to conduct study of six-year graduation rates for the region’s 130 high schools. They learned that 53 percent of the students who begin as ninth-graders in the Houston Independent School District had not graduated from any Texas high school in six years. The combined graduation rate for the entire region’s high schools is 58.5 percent.”

This report tells me you can do anything to people in and around and Houston and get away with it. Can you imagine people tolerate this? Or take it as normal?

These type numbers exist in cities and rural areas across the country.

You’d might as well put people in camps or brand them with irons. A poor city neighborhood in this society is a camp in any case. One that Republicans ignore all the time and Democrats often only notice at election time.

( And an isolated rural area can often be a kind of more wide-open camp that Democrats ignore and Republicans often only notice at election time.)

You can’t get anywhere in this country without a high school degree. You can’t even be sure of your prospects anymore with a college degree. People should be demanding action. People should have been doing so a long time ago because these bad education numbers are longstanding.

Our Harris County sheriff, Democrat Adrian Garcia, wants Harris County to build a new jail. Yeah–Another jail. That will solve our ills.    

Please click here for my post on the subject of why people believe conspiracy theories.  I assert people often hold such views because nothing is so crazy or brutal that it can’t be true. It seems plausible enough that we as a community in Houston would be content enough with large numbers of our poor just dying off. How would it be so different from how we treat folks currently?

May 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. the people let this happen, they are to blame, we all have choices everyday to fight or quit

    Comment by bill brady | May 31, 2009

  2. I feel you underplay the role of circumstance and the extent of the obstacles many face.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | May 31, 2009

  3. I think that its too easy and we as society have enabled people too much to the point where its never an individuals fault and there is so many too blame for lack of self control and personal responsibility

    Comment by bill brady | May 31, 2009

  4. I think it is hard to find the right mix of assessing circumstance and personal obligations in deciding why a person messes up. But it is importnat that we do try to figure it our so we can the most helpful and decent we can be to people who need help.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 3, 2009

  5. you can help those that want help and want to do better we as a socirty have been doing it for a long time. you cant help those that bite the hand that feeds them and has no respect for others property, you can not teach ethics and value you can only hope for those that need help are alert enough to accept help and better themselves with the chances that do have instead of bitching about what they dont have. there is no solution in our generation only baby steps of improving some peoples outlook and chances. gradual and painful there is still a lack of personal responsibility that is unacceptable to any standard. we need to raise the bar not keep lowering it.

    Comment by bill brady | June 3, 2009

  6. A school district can only do so much. It is the parents responsibility to get involved in the child’s learning process, in the district with the highest dropout rates I’m willing to bet that the parent themselves are not high school graduates. If you want to see success it starts at home.

    Comment by d. brown | November 13, 2009

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