The remedial numbers are staggering, given that the Cal State system admits only freshmen who graduated in the top one-third of their high-school class. About 27,300 freshmen in the 2010 entering class of about 42,700 needed remedial work in math, English or both.Wait a minute: more than half of the students who were in the top third of their high school class aren't ready for freshman English and math?
"It's a terrible indictment of the K-through-12 system," Postma said. "If a factory was building cars and the lug nuts kept falling off the tires, you would do something pretty dramatic about it. We keep adding the lug nuts back to the tires rather than trying to figure out what the problem is."
The remedial problem is hardly confined to California. Schools across the country have puzzled over how to better prepare students for college and what to do with those who are not ready.Minor point: lug nuts fall off the wheels, not the tires, but I can't expect a professor to know highly technical stuff like that! Still, he's right: if more than half of the top third of high school graduates are unready for college, then something is terribly broken.
I have said it before: Idiocracy is beginning to look less like science fiction, and more like a documentary.