High School Is Now 2nd Year Of College
By Professor Doom
So last time I was looking at a third community college, in Los Angeles, to see if maybe the fraud Iíd seen at community colleges in New York and Louisiana was in California as well.
Instead of seeing things were as bad as in the first two states, I see itís worse.
At LACC, theyíre selling high school material as 2nd year college work. This is nuts. Any accreditor that bothered to even look at the course offerings could see this. Oh right, accreditation is bogus and has nothing to do with education.
Letís continue to review the course offerings:
Statistics (227). Itís hard to tell from the description if this is really college material. I strongly suspect, however, that this is a very weak courseóstudents in this course donít need to have passed high school algebra to take this course. A reasonable person would wonder how this college math course doesnít require high school math. Since everything in this course I learned in high school after I took high school algebra (and I didnít take any AP math courses), Iím going to not call this college, but opinions can vary on this one course. 16 sections.
Mathematics for the Liberal Arts Students (230). The title alone tells you what kind of course this is, and the course description lets anyone know that itís a very simple course well below high school. 2 sections.
Calculus for the Business and Social Sciences (236). Itís funny, this used to be the freshman math class for incoming, very weak, college students, and now itís a 200 level (i.e., second year) course. Very curious, and many students that took calculus in high school have told me this course is much weaker than high school. What used to be a first year math course is now a second year course. Just 1 section, but Iíll call it college material.
Trigonometry (240). This is 11th grade material for many students; some will take it in 10th grade or senior year. 3 sections. I encourage any who doubt me to pick a university campus that even offers pure trigonometry as a college course, and see with your own eyes itís not a second year course, and neither is the next course, the one Iíve been looking for:
College Algebra (245). At last, we come to college algebra, or as math faculty know it, ďThe algebra you should have learned in high school.Ē Every topic listed in the course description, I learned in high school. The course is actually missing a few topics common to other ďCollege AlgebraĒ courses Iíve seen elsewhere, but those seem to be covered in the many, many, non college sections Iíve covered earlier. 3 sections.
I really need to emphasize this. This is the algebra I took in high school. This is the remedial algebra I taught at a university in the 80s. This is the first year college course I taught at university in the 90s and 21st century.
And now itís a second year course. Itís official: community college is high school now; a person graduating with a 2 year degree from LACC will probably take this course as capstone material, and be at the level of many high school students Iíve known. Note: high school students, not high school graduates, as the algebra in this course is generally learned at the 10th or 11th grade.
When a student from LACC goes to university with his 2 year degree, the university is going to laugh at the student thinking heíll only need 2 more years for a 4 year degree. ďYou fool,Ē will say the university, ďyouíve just spent the last two years in high school, paying dearly for the privilege, and now you are at best as good as the high school graduates who just came here in the first place.Ē
And community college administrators lure suckers in by saying theyíre ďcheaper than university.Ē Itís not cheaper if everything you did at the community college goes right in the trash.
I want to point out: mathematicians have been notorious for trying to keep standards in higher education, and despite their struggle, ďalgebraĒ has now turned into a second year course at LACC. Mostly theyíve lost because Educationists have been taking over the math classes, for what itís worth.
Iím just looking at math here, but does the gentle reader honestly believe Gender Studies courses are filled with 2nd year material? Iíll be looking at such a course soon, though Gender Studies is hardly the only fake course on campus. Thorough studies have shown many college courses are content free and have no requirements. You just pay your tuition and get your AÖand thatís at accredited schools.
No wonder so many waiters and parking lot attendants have worthless college degrees. They were suckered into thinking high school was ďhigher education.Ē
Rather than provide higher education, our institutions of higher education have ďredefinedĒ higher education ever downward. It isnít simply that college today is equivalent to the high schools of thirty years agoÖitís that in many cases, college today is equivalent to high school of today.
How can anyone look at this and not see fraud?
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