While school isn’t for everybody, there are essential subjects that all students need to have a grasp of before entering the real world.
English and Mathematics are at the top of the list. Knowing how to communicate properly and a basic understanding of mathematical principles are skills that are needed in virtually every occupation.
Those that demonstrate proficiency in these two areas can avoid a whole lot of problems in the game of life.
Obviously, college students that don’t have a grasp of these two concepts will find themselves woefully behind the curve. In all states besides California, that is.
The Daily Wire has shared some news from the Left Coast that is a real head scratcher.
On Wednesday, California State Chancellor Timothy P. White announced that the public university system will no longer incorporate placement exams for English and mathematics for incoming freshmen. In his executive order, White stated that it was important to measure proficiency in English and mathematics through “multiple measures,” including SAT scores and high school grades. He also announced that Cal State would commence an “Early Start Program,” which is intended to help incoming students who have poor proficiency in the aforementioned subjects.
Opposition to placement examinations is not a new phenomenon, but the argument generally falls apart when the opponents are asked for a viable alternative.
Students that sail through public school without being able to demonstrate proficiency in these areas is an indictment of the educational system as a whole, but that’s a whole different kettle of fish.
Those that wish to move to the next level simply have to demonstrate proficiency in these areas. If they can’t do that, they need to spend time in remedial programs to get up to speed.
That’s pretty cut and dry, so it makes it awfully curious as to why California officials are making such a big deal about this. A little further digging tells you all you need to know.
Some individuals argued that these placement exams are somewhat discriminatory toward low-income families and people of color. One of those who imported intersectionality into this debate was California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who said the following to the Los Angeles Times:
This is the right approach for all of public higher education, particularly for broad-access public institutions like the community colleges and the CSU. I personally strongly believe that standardized placement exams have handicapped hundreds of thousands of our students, and they particularly target low-income students and students of color. We have, in my opinion, been placing many students in remedial courses that really didn’t belong in those remedial courses — and in doing so have made it harder for them to complete their college educations.
I see. Things are being made harder on low-income students and students of color, so let’s change everything for everyone. That way everyone is on a level playing field.
That appears to be the line of thinking behind California’s latest brainchild. As with most of the liberal talking points that the state adopts as policy, there’s a ton of holes that can be poked through this one.
For starters, if students are advancing to the point that they are leaving high school without the ability to demonstrate proficiency in English and Math, then there’s serious problems with the educational system that allowed these students to slip through the cracks. Period.
A little deep dive into the breakdown of students that are coming up short in this regard can help lead the way on what needs to be fixed. Are a lot of these students coming from a specific school? A specific district? A particular pocket of the state?
That’s a common sense approach that would help state leaders examine the real problem, but that doesn’t appear to be of any concern – or anywhere on the priority list.
What is of big concern – and an overwhelming priority – is advancing the state’s liberal agenda. By extension, the needs of the poor and various ethnic groups are prioritized above the collective needs of the state as a whole.
Simply asking for proficiency in English and Math is not discriminatory in nature. In fact, a failure to demand that leads to a further dumbing down of society.
Why oh why would the state of California want its residents to be dumber?
Call it a hunch, but we think it has something to do with the fact that the state loves voters that show up at the polls without understanding all that much.
Source: The Daily Wire