According to our FC President who met with John Metoyer this week, there seems to be a lot of confidence among our administration that the new leadership team is not out to blow up developmental education and “slam the door” on students who need help. As you may know (if you read his email) Metoyer has taught developmental ed and is working on a Ph.D. in that very area. According to John, through Amanda, there is a lot of genuine and open-minded inquiry going on to try to solve what is, recognizably to all, a big, expensive, and nastily complicated issue.
This week saw a couple faculty emails that were not nearly as optimistic as our President sounds.
I hope that whoever ends up working on this issue is required to read THIS, an article from Inside Higher Ed, published in July.
And the depth of our nation’s complacency over the fact that those who need the most receive the least is also clear in the fact that some students are reaching college age with third-grade skill levels. How is it possible that in the United States, this supposed beacon of hope around the world, students can reach the age of 18 and still have only third grade skills? That’s not just about community colleges being overwhelmed; it’s about our nation’s collective failure to commit to the principle of equality or even “equal opportunity” at every level of education…Old solutions that deflect attention to pedagogy rather than policy have not taken care of these old problems…Those of us who teach in the community colleges can’t deal alone with the scandal of racism, classism, and other deepening social inequalities in this country, but given our place in this conversation, it is incumbent on us to sound the alarm. We need help. Our whole educational system needs more investment, not less.
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