As always, Dr. Williams is right on target describing both the problem and the solution in his concluding paragraph. I taught remedial mathematics at the college level. At most only a few real adults were able to master the dumbed down material, and they were there just to review math before reentering college. All but maybe one or two students under age 26 were failing the course, many for the second and third time. He is exactly correct in saying that students that cannot pass entrance exams should not be allowed to enter college. They should go back to high school to make up their deficiencies. We might even get better high schools that way.
In President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address, he said that "higher education can't be a luxury. It is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford." Such talk makes for political points, but there's no evidence that a college education is an economic imperative. A good part of our higher education problem, explaining its spiraling cost, is that a large percentage of students currently attending college are ill-equipped and incapable of doing real college work. They shouldn't be there wasting their own resources and those of their families and taxpayers. Let's look at...
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