The little girl did not do well in school. She had a concerned mom who made sure she was there every day and handed in all her assignments. (Mom did many of them for the girl.) Nothing this mom did got her little girl to learn much. In the end, the little girl graduated because the teachers in this affluent comunity felt sorry for the mom and passed her along. They knew high school was the end of her education and didn't give her future much thought.
Today the little girl is all grown up with a little girl of her own. She wants nothing more than for her little girl to be a success in school. This little girl wants to be a success too, and unlike her mother is a very good student. Unfortunately, this girl has some learning difficulties and needs extra help. While mom sits with her daily, she can't help with things she never learned. The mom can't multiply or spell very well. Her reading is also lacking. She's frustrated and wishes she had paid more attention in school. She is angry that she got a diploma without knowing much of anything.
I shudder to think of all the future mothers who will not be able to help their children either. They can thank the Bloomberg administration for the emphasis it placed on statistics rather than education. The mother in this story was in a minority in her time. The future mothers like her will be the majority of them.