C'mon, let's pull out all our violins now! Whose to blame if this girl cannot read or analyze on an entry college level? Went to Catholic School, and had a friend who also went to same school (which was highly academic and college preparatory) and yet he had to take remedial classes. Part of the problem is schools have been dumbed down so far that kids get pushed through. In grammar school back in the day, by the time we were in 8th grade we were tackling difficult reading and doing algebra. Doubt kids are doing the same these days in the public schools anyway.