While minority enrollment in colleges has been improving, the amount of minority students graduating with a bachelor’s degree is lagging.
Much of the struggle to graduate is due to poor mathematical performance among minority students, which liberals claim is a “civil rights issue”. Now liberal California lawmakers are pushing to eliminate the algebra requirements in community colleges statewide. (via NPR)
Math is a common course with which college students struggle. Sixty percent of students enrolled are required to take and pass at least one math course in community colleges across the nation, and 80 percent of students never pass that one required math class. Minority students, statistically, are identified as a group that struggles with math.
According to Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California community college system, the struggle for minority students to pass math is a “civil rights issue.” He said, “Yes, this is a civil rights issue, but this is also something that plagues all Americans – particularly low-income Americans.” He continued to blame unemployment and inability to obtain jobs on the math requirement in community colleges, saying, “the biggest barrier for them is this algebra requirement. It’s what has kept them from achieving a credential.” (via NPR)
Oakley believes that having a college degree is a matter of civil rights. A logical conclusion from his statements is that all Americans deserve to get a degree, regardless of their actual mathematical ability.
The solution to this “civil rights issue” according to Oakley is not to overhaul the education system of K-12, revisit the failed Obama efforts to improve education, remove Common Core, or any other number of possibilities. According to Oakley, it is better to just make the problem go away. “What we’re proposing is to take an honest look at what our requirements are and why we even have them.” (via NPR)
Much of the struggle students currently have with math may be attributed to Common Core, a set of education standards for math and reading proposed by former President Bush and embraced by former President Obama. Studies revealed that while Common Core improved reading ability to a degree, math achievement plummeted.
Liberals in California want to eliminate the math requirement in community colleges. Do you agree with this?
Realizing that federal government oversight is part of the reason for the failings of K-12 education, Trump signed an executive order in April to help return control of schools back to state and local governments. Trump was very critical of Obama policies that festered in the education system, saying, “For too long the government has imposed its will on state and local governments. The result has been education that spends more and achieves far, far, far less.” (via Washington Times)
Trump’s solution for our education system’s failures seeks to put the education of children in the hands of teachers directly involved with those struggling students who understand their issues, rather than the politicians in Washington. It cuts out broad policies that make things more complicated, and reduces regulations that limit teachers’ abilities.
Instead of liberals realizing their mistake in embracing Common Core, it seems they are instead trying to sweep it under the rug, along with algebra itself. We don’t need to remove the algebra requirement in colleges — we need to identify why mathematics, in particular, has been a struggle for minority students and students as a whole, and address it. You can’t make a problem go away by ignoring it, much to the dismay if liberal academics.