I covered a friend's remedial math class in the local community college this week. This class consists of September's freshman who did not pass the math entrance exam. The school offers them a five-week FREE opportunity to take this non credit course, a course which would cost the equivalent of a 5 credit course, so they can start working on their degree immediately. Some of them realize what a gift they have been given and are diligently working to master the material they did not learn in high school. (Thank-you Bloomberg for the education you have provided.) Unfortunately, there are others that are just going along their merry way, following the path they were on in high school, assuming that things will still be given to them and they will be passed along no matter what. One boy arrived an hour late for a three-hour class and then had the audacity to sneak out early. Several turned a 15 minute break into a 35 minute break and were annoyed that I began teaching while they were out. Most expected me to hand them graph paper. When I explained the homework assignment on the back of the curriculum they had received, many said they never got it. One girl spilled her juice and then disappeared for 40 minutes. I thought she had gone for paper towels (which would have taken less than five minutes to find) but returned with empty hands.
My buddy Chaz just posted about a young man, a recent high school graduate who never learned a thing about responsibility and was fired from a job he needed to support his son. The RTTT and NCLB has created a nation not even fit to pour coffee. Something must be done quick or America will find itself enslaved to the rest of the world.
WALCOTT--SHOW YOUR STUFF AND DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE THIS TREND IN EDUCATION. YOU ARE A NYC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE. YOUR CHILDREN WENT TO NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS. STOP BLINDLY FOLLOWING BLOOMBERG. HELP SAVE THIS CITY'S FUTURE..