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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #63)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 01:38 PM

68. Given how many students come out of HS unprepared

I think we need to use the freshman year to really focus on getting them up to speed. Instead of allowing them to choose their courses the first year, they should have a set program of the core classes - English comp, college maths, critical thinking, study skills.

These are classes they already take as GE requirements, so even those who are ready for college level work will benefit by taking the classes when they should be taken - before they move on to more rigorous work. There are already so many kids in remedial English and maths it's pathetic. And schools still allow them to take other classes. We had to fight tooth and nail to get a basic pre-req of English comp for our survey history classes; the administration couldn't seem to grasp that students write - a great deal - in these classes.

It's nuts.

I feel sorry for the unprepared students, but the system is stacked against them. I also feel a bit sorry for the Asian students who are sent here to get US degrees and discover that their English isn't close to adequate and that plagiarism is unacceptable. Many sincerely don't understand that last one (of course the same can be said for many kids who came up through the US system . . .)

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