The education system is failing. Rather than making adjustments to ensure that students are properly taught what they need to succeed, states are passing ridiculous ways that allow everyone to be on the same level. This includes colleges eliminating the need for SAT and ACT scores in order to get admitted.
According to one news outlet, the valedictorian of a Detroit high school is struggling with basic math in her first semester of college. A valedictorian is typically the student with the highest GPA in their graduating class. This doesn’t speak too highly of the graduating class at this particular high school – or the math instruction that was being given. At Michigan State University where the valedictorian, Marquell McClendon attends, 1 in every 8 students is in remedial math. She was used to getting all As in high school and now the college coursework is too much.
Clearly, the math was simply too easy at the Detroit school – Cody High School.
Meanwhile, many universities are loosening their requirements so that they can boost diversity and increase graduation rates.
As if California hasn’t proved that they don’t care about their citizens enough recently, they’re also looking at abolishing the SAT and ACT entry requirement. The University of California system has identified that the standard test screening results in an “inequity” within the student populations. However, that’s not fair to the students, regardless of color, who are working hard to get the grades. It would seem that the better answer is to improve the quality of education so that the inequity doesn’t exist.
At Michigan State University, they have been working to admit more racial minorities. It is their way to have a more diverse graduating class. While the school states that black enrollment is up by over 24 percent and there are more than 8400 students in the freshman class, it’s not a true way to measure the success of the university. If the students aren’t ready for college, what’s the point? If they’re failing because of inequity in their K-12 education, it doesn’t matter.
The Lansing State Journal reported that there were close to 1,000 MSU students every year who had to take a remedial math class to cover materials that weren’t covered in high school. This remedial class also doesn’t count toward their college degree. While that’s great that the class is offered, it shouldn’t be up to the colleges and universities to offer these classes. They shouldn’t have to dumb-down the entry requirements into the university simply to have more diversity. Primary education is failing – and colleges and universities are feeling the brunt of it simply because their own graduation rates are down.
In regards to the valedictorian who is failing, it also demonstrates that the GPA earned at one school doesn’t necessarily translate to the same GPA at another school.
Throughout California, there are plenty of people opposing the tests. They say that wealthy students have the ability to pay for prep classes that prepare them more effectively for the SATs. Further, a Harvard study shows that SAT questions were culturally biased against black students. However, the College Board rejected the study, identifying it as flawed.
Meanwhile, those who are in favor of the tests identify that it can be an equalizer. Lee Bridges wrote to the LA Times to say that the SAT was an equalizer within his particular case, due to it measuring raw intelligence as opposed to high school classwork. Bridges had been dealing with family problems, leading to issues with regular performance. However, the SAT scores helped him by proving that he was intelligent, despite what certain school grades showed.
Others complain that getting rid of the tests would eliminate how unprepared college students are for college. Thomas Ostwald, a former UC Santa Barbara official, identified that the University system is forgetting about the policy called Eligibility in Local Context. It means that students are eligible for the University system if they are within the top 9% of their high school class regarding GPA. They will still have to take the SAT or ACT but the scores will not disqualify them.
This is just another way for the far-left to make a big deal out of inequality. Rather than providing a proper education throughout the entire school system, they want to skew the system in order to “make it fair.” However, those who work hard are not being rewarded – and it has nothing to do with minority or low income – it has everything to do with the way that schools are or are not setting kids up for success in today’s university system.