LOS ANGELES – The second-largest school district in the country is suffering from academic afflictions of its own making. While test scores show a continuing decline at the high school level in math proficiency (21 percent) and reading (51 percent), is the district making improvement in these subjects a top priority? Apparently not.
Instead they are emphasizing a week-long celebration of “National Coming Out Day.” The “curriculum” is intended to teach children about identity and intersectionality. Celebrities are a major part of what many believe is the indoctrination process. Stars don’t have to worry about making a living. How this will improve the eventual job prospects for graduates, however, no one is saying, because it doesn’t.
LA schools are increasingly passing students who don’t even meet grade-level standards. This is and will have important ramifications for their future. Nearly 60 percent of students come from low-income families. It’s hard to argue that the imposition of this woke curriculum will improve their lives.
The problem exists beyond Los Angeles. A report in City Journal adds weight to the problematic prospects of so many students: “California now leads the country in illiteracy.” According to the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress,