Friday, June 04, 2004
Two articles caught my eye today on the subject of education. The first, from MSNBC, bemoans the drop in minority enrollment at UC Berkeley.
For the record, if the enrollment at UC Berkeley were to suddenly drop to zero and said university were to disappear from the landscape of academia, the world would be a better place.
But, I digress.
Years ago, the voters of California passed Prop 209, a measure that codified the concept that race should not play any part in the admissions process to UC Schools. Many factors may be considered in the admissions process - social challenges, family responsibilities, and last but not least - Grades.
This is after all, an institution of higher education. He/she with the best grades should enter. Those with less than acceptable academic records should go to Junior College and get their act together. Minority status does not meet the level of an issue/circumstance to be considered when being evaluated for entrance to college.
Why is this so hard for people to understand?
The root of the problem may be found in the other article. Seems that about ten percent of Florida High School Seniors didn't pass the skills exam needed for graduation. They can't read, write, or calculate at grade level and thus will be held back.
The horror. The absolute horror!
Liberals bemoan the test results. Something must be wrong with the tests, or so they claim.
What they don't mention is the fact these students had more than one opportunity to take and pass the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. How many times?
Sorry, kids. If you can't pass it after six tries, you might want to consider paying attention in class.
A High School diploma is not an entitlement. Nor is admission to a top tier college. Both are earned.
Or at least they should be.
Here endeth the lesson.