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.
I had to get halfway through the piece tor realize that she is talking about kids in college. Forget about "not prepared for college." These kids are not "college material." Sure they can be graded, as "unacceptable."
We too-easily forget that 50% of people have below-average IQs.
50% of people do indeed have below average IQ's but the question is what are they doing in college?
When I worked at a Community college two of our programs were heavily adulterated with diversity students in preference to qualified students. The programs were nursing and fire fighting. The policy was that once the diversity candidates were in the program they must complete the program. Grades were changed, standards were lowered and by hook or by crook these diversity students were graduated. It would be interesting to know how many people died because of their incompetence.
As a degree - not an education or even credits - is the ticket that needs to be punched even for entry into some fields, those who pursue it regard it as an item that should be available for simple purchase. To deny it to them is seen as cheating, reneging on an implied deal that came with the application and the acceptance letter.
Assistant Village Idiot
"Attached is the actual outline for my ruff raft. Please, account this as credit therefore I'll prove my academic progression as acknowledgment for satisfactory of the course. The presentation shall be captivating with visualization being a current pet owner of a fish too!"
This article makes me feel sad more than anything. Even though these are grown men and women, they are people whose parents failed them terribly. I would say they were neglected as children. Based on the examples, my four year old has better grammar. Spoken, not written, of course. He is four, after all. He may not know what an adverb is, but he can use one in a sentence.
I only hope that their ignorance doesn't equate to low intelligence. They may very well have above-average problem solving skills. Maybe one day they can educate themselves.
I agree. I taught English as a second language for a couple of decades and at the very first example of writing the author gave, the ESL warning light went off. This is direct translation. I saw it a lot. Write it in first language; go to google translator; translate; submit to teacher.
I'll tell you how I graded it - harshly. In papers too full of problems to warrant a thorough comb-through, I graded the first couple of paragraphs by marking every single error, then noted that I stop grading after I have identified more than enough errors to fail them. And I failed them .
I didn't make many friends, but back then, at least some of my supervisors backed me up. Not true these days I hear.