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Is our children learning?

I work at a sort of an offshoot of MSU-GF here on campus. They offer a bunch of lower level math and a few English classes (I monitor the computer lab). What confuses me is this:

These are college classes. Yet, today I overheard a student working on a percentage problem. As in, if you have so many students taking class X and some number of total students, how do you get the percentage of students taking X. Isn’t this the sort of thing you learn in junior high, if not late elementary school? It amazes me that some kids are so far behind that we need a class covering this. I would be shocked if there was a kid in my high school graduating class who couldn’t calculate a percentage.

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  1. December 13, 2005 at 8:56 am

    “In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.” – F. W. Nietzsche

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