To the editor: Why are the 25,000 college students being admitted within the first place? (Re “Cal State to revamp freshman course plan” Aug. four)
College students not ready for the curriculum of a Cal State faculty ought to be directed to a group school. To make particular allowances for them is including a burden on the scholars who’re prepared, and as famous setting them up for frustration.
Sean Clough, Santa Ana
To the editor: Having taught math at Cal State Lengthy Seashore for 30 years, I really feel that in assessing CSU’s current efforts to enhance its commencement charges by dropping remedial algebra and English, ask your self if you wish to be operated on by a physician who graduated from a med faculty with out passing primary anatomy?
Decreasing the bar for school commencement strikes us nearer to a submit-fact and submit-reality society.
James D. Stein, Redondo Seashore
To the editor: So it appears that evidently the Cal State College system goes to drop remedial courses and placement exams in math and English, beginning within the fall of 2018. And what would be the outcome?
School outdoors of math and English will shortly see a decline in readability in addition to primary language command, and, a number of years later, employers will get the identical style of poor writing expertise and comprehension. The worth of a Cal State diploma will relatively shortly be stained.
Having taught writing courses at Cal Poly Pomona from 1986 till this June, I can say with certainty that the ambitions of Cal State directors to double the variety of their graduates by 2025, will come at nice value.
When you think about the variety of useful illiterates in addition to pure Google copiers pouring out of our excessive faculties lately, with out arms-on writing programs for remedial college students, the outcomes might be simply predictable for the redesigned remedial necessities.
Sadly, the large losers would be the college students.
Glen T. Golden, San Dimas
To the editor: So many Cal State freshmen aren’t prepared for school work, so the answer to the issue of low commencement charges is to drop the requirement they take remedial courses to get them the maths and English expertise they should succeed?
What are they educating at Cal State that does not require elementary studying, writing and math expertise? Superior Twitter palaver and Instagram images one hundred and one?
And the extra elementary query: How is it that 25,000 college students getting into the Cal system annually are being graduated from excessive faculties with out the essential math and English expertise wanted for school?
Appears to me the group and state schools ought to be asking excessive faculties to step up and graduate youngsters who can learn and write, not planning to dumb down, and devalue, greater schooling.
James Hergenrather, Los Angeles
To the editor: Why does Cal State even settle for college students who want remedial writing or remedial math? That is what the junior school system is for.
I suppose it’s hardly value asking why excessive faculties are even giving diplomas to college students who want remedial writing or remedial math.
Judith Bloom, Manhattan Seashore
To the editor: Keep in mind when school acceptance was based mostly on precise achievement, utilizing highschool grades, ACT and SAT scores to find out if college students might deal with the trials of school?
And keep in mind once we truly obtained rejection letters as a result of some schools felt we weren’t ready sufficient to maintain up with their curriculum?
Now, in an effort to have extra graduates and to not make incoming freshmen really feel dangerous about themselves, Cal State shall be dropping remedial programs, even when incoming college students do not measure as much as minimal freshman requirements of preparation in at the very least English and math.
So what if a mechanic knew a lot of the procedures in assembling an engine however made a mistake as a result of he by no means mastered math? It is no huge deal until that engine occurs to be outdoors your window throughout takeoff.
Jill Chapin, Santa Monica
To the editor: I used to be a highschool arithmetic instructor for 35 years. I’ve seen the location exams at native schools. They’re much simpler than the ultimate exams for algebra and geometry given in most excessive faculties.
In some instances a scholar can move theses exams with a lot lower than 70% right, the usual for a “C” grade in excessive faculties. The speed of passing these placement exams can be a lot decrease if the highschool commonplace was used.
Faculties — secondary and school — usually are not doing college students any favors by giving them diplomas and not using a mastery of primary math and English.
Steve Murray, Huntington Seashore