6 Schools That Can’t Produce One Student Proficient in English or Math

The halls of Frederick Douglass High School

A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English. These are the dumbed-down Common Core tests.

Despite the fact that the students are illiterate, many are on track to pass and graduate. At least half will graduate.

Following are the schools failing the children in what can only be described as a national disgrace:

  • Booker T. Washington Middle School
  • Frederick Douglass High School
  • Achievement Academy at Harbor City
  • New Era Academy
  • Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood High
  • New Hope Academy
  • There are schools like this throughout the nation, mostly in our cities.

High school students are tested by the state in math and English. Their scores place them in one of five categories – a four or five is considered proficient and one through three are not. At Frederick Douglass, 185 students took the state math test last year and 89 percent fell into the lowest level. Just one student approached expectations and scored a three.

One student who did graduate and who struggled despite all odds to become proficient said that he thinks the students aren’t proficient because they aren’t learning what’s on the tests.

Government schools are too busy indoctrinating to concentrate on reading and math.

Also problematic is the home life. These are minority children who are living in broken homes and in poor neighborhoods.

The schools say they are not to blame for not one student reaching proficiency. They need more funds.

Theses schools spend $16,000 per child per year and that should be enough to teach reading and math.

The lack of supervision at home, however, is one very difficult problem to overcome. Homes where a parent is in prison and another is on drugs is more difficult again. No matter how much one may love his/her child, the parent has to be able to parent.

Thank a liberal for demonizing the family unit.

Frederick Douglass High School for example is filled with emptiness. A documentary, “Hard Times at Douglass High: A No Child Left Behind Report Card”, talks about a “back-to-school night” for parents early in the school year. The camera pans the auditorium and it is largely empty. At the Christmas concert the school’s well-regarded choir is belting out a lovely “Messiah,” again to a largely empty auditorium.

The Freedom Project states the obvious:

Part of the problem, of course, has been the carefully engineered destruction of the family, especially in black communities. Many of the children in these schools are not only victims of a dumbed-down indoctrination program masquerading as “education,” but they’ve also grown up in homes without fathers, a natural consequence of federal welfare and pseudo-“education” policies. Certainly, personal responsibility also plays a role.

Then the author at Freedom Project, Alex Newman, refers to the whole language approach which ignores phonics:

But the most important factor, in this writer’s view, is still the quack methods used to teach reading in government schools across America, sometimes known as “whole word” or “sight words” or “look-say,” as opposed to phonics. By turning these otherwise healthy children into functional illiterates with quackery first exposed more than 100 years ago, the government schools set the stage for a lifetime of failure, dependency, and deception.

As an educator, I have to agree that it has an effect. Some children can learn by that method but many can’t. It’s best when used with phonics instruction.

Far more important, however, is the fact that 66 percent of the Douglass educators are not certified. The school is running on substitutes and other emergency fill-ins.

Unions that put their own well-being above that of the students are also to blame as are the politicians who cater to them. The schools are for children, not staff.

The documentary was very politically motivated but it wasn’t necessarily wrong. It targeted “No Child Left Behind”, a failed but well-intentioned program launched by President George W. Bush. Barack Obama made it far worse with “Race to the Top” and Common Core. What they did was subjugate local control of schools to the federal government and dictates of corporations.

The feds published Common Core, more tests and unfunded mandates but none of that directly addressed the core problems. They also abandoned vocational occupations.



  1. Why would a black person need to know how to write to work on the Democrat Party’s plantations?

  2. This is so sad. Letting our children down. Especially the ones we could be making feel safe and productive in school despite what the outside world is like for them. Actually it is an outrage. Pray that the changes coming to this country will improve the conditions and do your part to research, vote and speak out against failed education.

  3. Deliberate !! The Democrats are happy to keep the Blacks on the Gov’t plantation while screaming they are for helping them.

  4. My wife used to teach in Boston. Her students scored the highest rate of year to year improvement than any other math classroom in the city. How? By expecting more of her students, by providing a tough but fair classroom environment, by calling parents, in front of the entire class when a student co tinted to misbehave.
    The superintendents office started sending people to observe her. The union started trying to bump her out and block tenure. When the school principal left for another job so did my wife. Scores weren’t down again afer that.
    MY wife is dark skinned Puerto Rican. Had she been white, it is likely that the parents would habe complained about her being tough and setting high standards.
    Her students often came back to thank her for being tough because they were now in honors math in high school.
    We need more teachers like this. Less lazy and mediocre.

  5. Since the Democrats took over near 100% control of these communities 40+ years ago, their education has gotten exponentially worse. As well as the fact that kids growing up without their Dad has gone from around 20% to now over 70%. As well as the fact that these areas are still just as poor but now warzones. The secular left has *decimated* the black community, education family and character. And all for power. The left capitalizes on compassion for power.

  6. The average IQ of african Americans is only 85. With a number that low it’s extremely difficult to teach or train them beyond anything very basic or in the least technical. For example, if you show me 600,000 (that’s six hundred thousand) negros, I will show you Detroit, Michigan which has become a warzone taking place in a cesspool. The negros have completely destroyed the entire city.

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