8:21 am May 4, 2009, by Laura Diamond
A story in Sunday’s paper showed that as more high schools inflate students’ grades, kids enter college lacking basic English and math skills.
As a result, these high school graduates take remedial college classes to learn what they failed to master in high school.
Students must pay to take these classes, which often don’t count toward the credits they need for a college degree. This increases the amount of time – and money – needed for college.
The article focuses on grade inflation as the culprit for this problem, but it is not the only factor.
Could it be that some students aren’t in the right college?
The mantra elected leaders and school officials repeat is that students should be prepared to attend post-secondary education after high school. That could include four-year, two-year and technical colleges.
But it seems as if most kids are pushed into four-year programs, regardless of whether it is the right fit.
What else do you think is causing an increase in the number of college students needing remedial classes? What can be done to fix this problem?
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