You might be interested to learn that in New York City approximately 1/3 of the High School students drop out and the vast majority of the 2/3 that do "Graduate" cannot perform even at community college level without remedial education. What pathetic, lowbrow standards are we setting for our children? This is in American's premier city, the cultural and financial center of our nation. It is not a question of money either, the city spends $18,000 per student. In Renaissance Florence, Lorenzo Medici set up an educational system that spent generously on scholars and books (under $18,000 per pupil) and produced the greatest artist of the period; Il Magnifico set a standard for excellence and in return we got Michelangelo. In America, we set up a state run Third World educational system that intellectually abuses children, makes them give up, breaks them, fails to teach them and in return we get wards of the state and loyal Democrat Party voters. Our education system is a form of pedophilia where our kids are abused on a daily basis. In the inner city parents cry to let the children to attend Charter school and be given a chance for a full and rewarding life. In response, our educational system tries to cut the exits. It has to end, the educational system must be transformed and reformed. We have to stop the intellectual abuse of our kids at the hands of a state run educational system.