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Friday, December 01, 2017

Brian Butcher, a history teacher at Ballou High School, sat in the bleachers of the school's brand-new football field last June watching 164 seniors receive diplomas. It was a clear, warm night and he was surrounded by screaming family and friends snapping photos and cheering.

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It was a triumphant moment for the students: For the first time, every graduate had applied and been accepted to college. The school is located in one of Washington, D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods and has struggled academically for years with a low graduation rate. For months, the school received national media attention, including from NPR, celebrating the achievement.

But all the excitement and accomplishment couldn't shake one question from Butcher's mind:

How did all these students graduate from high school?

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This is why I listen to NPR. Not a single one of these students made it through college.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-12-01 12:28 AM | Reply

made it through college.

#1 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT

This just happened...

.... in 2017 .....

,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it takes a little while to finish college,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

........................... the article, that you posted, quotes more than one student who is still in college ....................... .............................................. ................................... ...............................................
.....................................

#2 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-01 04:37 AM | Reply

#2 Not a single student lasted longer than 180 days. That's in the article. Look at the graphic.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-12-02 11:03 AM | Reply

I wonder why it says this then... :

FTA:

"As the first semester of freshman year winds down, both graduates quoted in this story, who attend four-year universities, say they're trying to stick with it."

Sounds like at least 2 are still in college.

2 > 0, at least that's what they taught me at the school I went to...

You don't have to lie to keep and make friends.

#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-02 05:39 PM | Reply

#4 What the hell are you talking about? Look at the graphic. Nobody was left, not even two.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-12-02 06:02 PM | Reply

That graphic represents absences, you good damned idiot.

#6 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-02 06:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is what the article --- that you posted ---- says right by the graph that clearly doesn't say what you think it says:

"Students in Ballou High School's 2017 graduating class, grouped by number of unexcused absences. Each dot represents one student."

#7 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-02 06:06 PM | Reply

The 2017 school year isn't even 180 days old.

Your stupid *** swears it is...

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-02 06:09 PM | Reply

But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable, clinical, intellectual, cynical.
Won't you please tell me what we've learned, I know it sounds absurd, please tell me who I am.

--Richard Davies, Roger Hodgson; Universal Music Publishing Group, © 1978

#9 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-12-02 07:14 PM | Reply

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