We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
40% of American college admits require some remedial education. I am not surprised. It's not to blame the secondary schools. It's just that we have people going to college who aren't college material - at least not yet.
The fact is that higher education is a booming industry in America, subsidized and supported by countless state and federal programs. Many of these schools are desperate for warm, paying bodies to fill their seats. Anybody can get into some college today, and they will do their darndest to keep him there because lower-tier schools need the income to survive (and need to report decent graduation rates).
We have become a nation of degree mills producing meaningless pieces of very expensive paper. I have interviewed many such people from lower tier schools and can report that they should not have bothered. They had the illusion that we might pay them more to do a clerical job if they had that degree from Eastern CT State College. Surprise, surprise - they can't do algebra, compose a literate and grammatical business letter, or get their minds around an abstract concept.
Who is the bigger sucker: Me, whose taxes subsidize the school? Or them, for wasting years when they could have been doing or learning something useful?
Why not? They encourage the myth as much as anybody. They also dumb down their schooling b/c, "the kids will get that in college."
Finally, what about the poor, even counterproductive, methods and programs that are used in schools? A kid who never grasps arithmetic will always struggle w/ algebra. A kid who is taught "Whole language learning" will struggle to read, and necessarily to write.
I agree with you Torch. The high schools aren't having problems preparing kids for college because they don't know the entry requirements! That's lunacy. You mean they don't make it their job to know basic information like that. I don't care if it's on a website or not.
Kids today are not given adequate instructions any discipline, they are promoted without adequate mastery of their subjects, and the teachers, the parents, the administration, and the politicians are all to blame - though I blame parents a little less since they should have some trust that the other three are doing their jobs. The easiest way to know all that is to look at the comparison of US kids' test scores and the rest of the world. Our kids rate near the bottom every time.
Don't get me started on how the kids are taught (or not taught) subjects (multiplication tables are too boring).
That isn't to say that there aren't huge inefficiencies in both K - 12 and college, but I didn't get past Myth #1 it made me so crazy.
At least half of the people at the 3000+ American colleges and universities do not belong there, assuming they hope to translate whatever knowledge is imparted into a job.
If it's for important things like self-improvement, partying, mate hunting, etc., that's different.