Cal State Campuses Overwhelmed by Remedial Needs

Cal State campuses overwhelmed by remedial needs
@ the Mercury News

Few instructors believe the 15-hour Early Start courses will ease the burden for remedial students or the university, said Jim Postma, a Cal State Chico chemistry professor and chairman of the system-wide Academic Senate.

If half the students eligible for the Cal State system are unable to handle college work, he said, California is in bad shape.

“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.”

Given the number of recent Asian immigrants who are likely applying to California schools, I can see why the demand for remedial English instruction is on the rise. Personally, I’m more concerned about the demand for remedial math instruction. There’s no excuse for the public schools’ failures there.

One thought on “Cal State Campuses Overwhelmed by Remedial Needs

  1. Actually…I disagree on the English thing.

    I understand why the need arises for remedial English for new immigrants…but I believe tghat if you cannot pass college English entrance exams, you should be excluded from admission. Period. We're not doing anyone any favors by pretending that it's in their best interest to contginue speaking their native language while they're benefiting from an American education. And the creeping problem that no one wants to talk about is the gold rush for American education by people who have no intention of staying here in America and giving us the benefit of their expertise. This is ESPECIALLY true of the Asian population.


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