Quote from stevielynn
Might it be our public school system is broken and sending unprepared students to college?
It's funny you should say that. There is an article (available for free online) in the current issue of American Educator called, "It's Time To Tell the Kids: If You Don't Do Well in High School, You Won't Do Well in College (or on the Job)"
It makes the point that society has come to think that taking college classes is a right -- that everyone should be allowed to go to college. Therefore, they are not taking high school seriously enough. Instead of getting a proper foundation for advanced, college-level work, students are drifting through high school without really working hard intellectually. Then they either flunk courses in college ... or have to spend a lot of time and money taking remedial classes ... or the colleges have to "dummy down" ... etc.
The article is available at:
I taught an undergraduate course once and was appalled at the level of my students. This was a junior year course of a 4-year BSN program. Several could not write a paragraph with reasonable grammar
and punctuation. One told me she had never been in any library before and had no idea how to go about finding information. (The library was in the same building as the nursing school.) etc.
There are lots of people in college today who should not be there. That's why they have those "weeding out" courses.