“It’s a civil rights issue,” claimed Eloy Ortiz Oakley, the Chancellor of California’s community college system. Oakley was, of course, referring to algebra.
Oakley claims that the algebra requirement for many students to graduate from community colleges in California is causing an issue. It’s actually being blamed for students not being able to graduate. In fact, almost 50 percent of California’s community college students don’t meet the standard, according to Oakley.
“This is a civil rights issue, but this is also something that plagues all Americans — particularly low-income Americans,” Oakley said.
Oakley went on to point out that many Americans who are either underemployed or unemployed don’t have a college credential. He explained that the biggest barrier is the algebra requirement.
Oakley’s solution is to get rid of algebra, but that’s not the answer.
Instead, community colleges should be making sure that their students are able to meet the standard for algebra. If Oakley really wanted to help “low-income” Americans, he would find a way for colleges under his administration to step up their instruction and get students on a level playing field.
Algebra teaches students problem solving and abstract thinking. Two things that are critical in today’s world.
Letting students skate through school without having learned anything is not the answer!
Chicks on the Right reports:
The chancellor of California’s community college system has raised eyebrows after suggesting colleges should drop the algebra requirement, claiming it’s a “civil rights issue”.
Eloy Oritz Oakley, the boss of 113 community colleges in California, made his suggestion during an interview with NPR. He said the algebra requirement is particularly troublesome because it prevents a number of students from graduating from community colleges, adding that almost 50 percent of students don’t meet the standard.