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.