Re: The RT Thread Part V
All schools have weed out courses. But if you look at your post and posts of the last several years most are below expectation levels. As you graded all the papers they didn't get any better. For that many students to fall on their face they'd have to weed out the vast majority. Education boggles my brain, there is a reason why the United States has fallen so far behind so many developed countries. I understand tenure, I also think by what you describe above, there are too many that should not be allowed to teach. How do you get they get to keep their job when the reading level is so horrific.
Originally Posted by SnwhtNdwrfs
Exactly. The University failed the students. If the prerequisite courses are failing to bring the students to the level needed to enter your course that is not the students fault it is the Universities. Now why the University continues to allow it is another issue. Many want the 4 year degree to take 5 years, it is a WinWin financially for the University.
This unfortunate trend isn't just at my university. In general 40 percent of freshmen do not have the reading and writing skills to handle college level material. And that is around the country- not just mine. One reason you are seeing more statements for college and career readiness standards for high schools. Unfortunately, around here, high school teachers don't think beyond the state test which doesn't prepare students for college. Add the fact that students have changed- they expect A's for being there, expect their parents to come to their rescue, aren't held accountable for their own learning- and you have big problem.
I agree some are below. Ours is at 89%. Once again, a pattern. Not the students it is the educational system. There is a reason why the US is 39th worldwide. Little kids and college students can't change the system nor should they be expected to.
Things have improved a lot at our university in the past six years. We dont have the reputation you state in your post. The students who do poorly can't get into our program. There are just several classes we call "weed out" courses. However, the one the adjunct is teaching is suppose to weed them out. It didn't. I will have two students who will be counseled out of the major by the end of the semester. (State requires a certain GPA- got to have it).
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