Though higher education is now a near-universal aspiration, researchers suggest that close to half the students who enter college need remedial courses.

—from Diana Jean Schemo in the NY Times.

Translation: how can you teach freshman classes in, for example, anthropology, if the incoming students can’t read, write, do simple syntheses of what they’ve been assigned?

Answer: you can’t and you don’t. You compensate by not requiring college-level performance (e.g., no writing assignments). Why anyone would chose to pay college prices to learn high-school level material mystifies me.

Sad truth: nearly half the incoming students will not graduate.

The real question: when those that do graduate receive their diplomas, are they still behind? Or are they truly competent? Heh—guess we know the answer to that!