Did the Math

To the Editor:

Wow, we readers are certainly indebted to The Observer’s editorial staff for reminding us to celebrate the city’s public schools achieving a 34.9 percent failure rate of their third through eighth grade students to demonstrate basic mathematic proficiency [“Do the Math,” June 25]. Down from 43 percent compared to last year?! Honestly, I thought the editors were being facetious.

Hardly a reason to celebrate, the city has gone from an unspeakable catastrophe to a mere disaster. In The Observer’s words, one can see the road map of low expectations that has led to the normalization of these dismal and shameful metrics. Only one-third of New York students wield flags of disadvantaged futures! Good times!

Daniel Weiner
, Wash. Did the Math