Don’t ever bet that higher education can’t go any lower. You’re bound to lose. Two recent and sorry examples prove the point. With a nod to Mae West, one foreign and one domestic.
One Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California’s community college system, wants to eliminate the algebra requirement for graduation because too many Californians fail it, therefore not getting a degree, or taking too long to finish as they finally master the Xs and Ys only after multiple tries.
Almost half of California’s community college students fail the course on the first try, and fewer than half finish the two-year community college curriculum in six years. This signals to Oakley that the algebra requirement is burdensome and must be done away with.