September 2, 2009 | Diane Johnson | 2 Comments On the SAT college entrance exam, average scores fell for the class of 2009. The average fell by one point from last year's critical reading and writing sections, while math remained the same. Although one point may not seem like that big of a deal, it is. When American students are only getting between 495 and 505 as an average out of 800 on each section, something's got to give. Now think about this slowly. If you have a score of 500 divided by 800 total, what is the result? Times up! It's 62%, which means students are barely passing. Sorry, I just wanted to make sure that you were following, since, by the looks of it, students need to go back to remedial math, writing, and reading. There were about 1.5 million students that took the SAT this year, and they received even lower scores than last year’s class of 2008. That means some students may have done really well, but most did poorly. Now, instead of parents and colleges congratulating students for their high grades, they will have to settle by giving prizes and slots to "American Idiots." In order to accommodate this difference, the "C" average on the bell curve will need to be adjusted to a "D". These results show that students are not ready for college, and public education is failing. Since the government can't seem to fix this problem, maybe they should make another grade that serves as a prep year for college. Oh wait, that's what the previous 12 years are supposed to do. Okay, strike that- it was a bad idea. Here's another idea: instead of trying to raise the standards, they could just lower them and make the test easier. Maybe then students could show how smart they are by getting questions correct, although the government would have to be careful because the knowledge of these students is limited and that would be exceptionally embarrassing if they made the test easier to show students were ready for college, and they ended up with worse results. The whole purpose behind the SAT is to show that high school graduates are ready for college. On the other hand, we don't want the government in charge of anything else. They can't seem to manage the U.S. Postal Service, public education, or Social Security. At any rate, students are not prepared for the basic skills that are required in order to be ready for college. Many students, despite the fact that they do poorly on this test, go to college anyways. Many work hard despite the shortfall and succeed in earning a college degree. In this case, the American Dream does exist. On the other hand, many end up dropping out of school because of personal, financial, social, and academic problems. Or many even say that they don't fit in and they feel like a little fish in a big pond. Get over it, that's how life is. You can't always be the center of attention, plus that's not why you went to anyway. It was to learn. Kids in Asia go to learn and to better their economic situation. That is also why most Americans go. Except there is one difference: Asian countries keep squashing us when it comes to education and the amount of college graduates. Many Americans lack the skills and drive that are involved with earning a degree. They would rather go down to the local bar, get wasted, and pick up on the opposite sex than finish their midterm project. Despite all of the negative, but truthful, things that have surfaced in this blog, Americans are very intelligent and hardworking. They just aren't motivated academically, like many Asians are. So, needless to say, President Obama's goal of having the most college graduates out of the top developed countries is nearly impossible. Hopefully, President Obama has a trick up his sleeve because many things need to change if America is going to keep up in the global economy. The U.S. needs massive numbers of educated and qualified workers. College degrees not only help you in your personal life, but they also help the country.