Written on Friday, January 25, 2013 by David L. Goetsch
As a former college professor, dean, provost, and vice-president, I am familiar with the problem of high school graduates being unprepared for college or the workplace. This, unfortunately, is a widespread problem that just seems to get worse and worse. In fact, America’s community colleges do a booming business providing college-preparatory courses in reading, math, and writing for high school graduates who should have developed these skills before applying for college admission but didn’t. Consequently, a recent headline in The Washington Times attracted my interest: “Data: High School Students Not Ready to Handle College.”..... “The vast majority of the nation’s 2012 high school graduates aren’t ready for college, and SAT reading scores have plummeted to their lowest level in four decades…” There are many reasons for the poor state of public education in….. I will focus on one of the most disturbing of them: unqualified minority teachers who are given a “pass” in college by affirmative action advocates and, as a result, have to cheat in order to pass their teacher certification tests……teachers who lack …..fundamental teaching skills, they face the dilemma of being evaluated in part by how well their students perform on nationally-normed high school tests. ….. What are teachers who can barely read, write, and compute themselves….to do when….their students perform poorly on high school tests?...To Read More…..