College Remedial Classes

A new study that will come out on Monday estimates that colleges and taxpayers (taxpayers means you and I) are spending anywhere from 2 to 3 billion dollars annually for remedial classes. That is in addition to all the taxes we already pay to educate the children in public school in the first place.

“Christina Jeronimo was an “A” student in high school English, but was placed in a remedial course when she arrived at Long Beach City College in California. The course was valuable in some ways but frustrating and time-consuming. Now in her third year of community college, she’d hoped to transfer to UCLA by now.”

She said that sometimes high school teachers babied her. This is not news to anyone who has been following the educational trends-the schools are focused on self-esteem and can’t do anything that would damage that. Although how damaged are students like Christina now? Students who thought they were well prepared, are on honor rolls and members of the National Honor Society and end up in college needing remedial classes? How is that good for their self esteem?

Christina was not alone at her college-95 percent of students there need remedial classes. That is just one college. What are the numbers in the rest of the state and the rest of the country?

The president of her college said “I don’t believe that the public in general really understands the magnitude of the problem.” I believe he is right-how many times do people say that this happens in other schools, but not the school their child attends? How is it posssible for it to happen in every other school but theirs, when 95 percent of the students in one college need these classes?

And one of the reasons Christina and her other classmates can not transfer after two years to a bigger university is because remediation classes are non credit courses. You have to take the remedial classes and you can’t get credit for them, forcing you to spend more time in college overall. You can’t transfer to a bigger university until you have all the credits they require. It’s a pretty good racket when you think about it.

What is being done with all the money that is going into the public schools? Clearly, it’s not for educating students as this report points out.

Lastly this comment was interesting:

“But Romer, who has also headed the Los Angeles Unified School District, doesn’t buy that it’s a communication problem.

“We’re not expecting enough of our youngsters and the institutions that train them,” he said.”

Why I find this interesting is because California is the place where new educational trends are implemented first. What they implement the rest of the states follow.

They are now reaping what they have sown. It’s too bad it has to happen at the expense of our youth.

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