In college, but reluctant to read or write

College students who don’t like to read or write challenge English instructors.

Also on Community College Spotlight:  In deeply depressed Flint, Michigan, once known as “Buicktown,” the local college is dropping classes in auto body repair and painting. There are few jobs and even fewer that require college training.

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  1. What you said:
    There are few jobs and even fewer that require college training.

    What the link actually says:
    Running an auto body program is expensive, Sobbry says, and many colleges don’t want to make the investment to make theirs viable. But there are plenty of jobs for graduates of good programs.

    • Sobbry runs a program at a community college in Ann Arbor, which has a much healthier economy than Flint.

      • I live in Michigan and I work with the auto retail business. There is a huge shortage of all technicians. Many kids who get trained in Flint won’t work there. I’m sorry, but you misread this.

  2. Deirdre Mundy says:

    College students who refuse to read and write need to grow up or drop out. It’s college. No one is forcing you to attend. No one will even force you to do the work. But if you’re lazy and whiny, you’re just wasting money.

  3. Deirdre is right, but part of the problem undoubtedly is that far too many college students are unable to read and write fluently. A shortage of students with the necessary knowledge, skills and work ethic may also be playing into the low numbers in the auto body program, given what I’ve read about educational achievement in the Detroit area.

  4. If you’re not sure you can read one hundred fifty pages of clear, simple prose in a week, or if you’re not sure you can write two hundred words about a two-page passage, that’s ok.

    It’s not fair to collect tuition from students who are not prepared for college. It’s not fair to enroll them. Her class was reading Life of Pi, not Kant.

    • Stacy in NJ says:

      If she can’t manage Life of Pi in college than she was robbed in high school (of a decent education).