Career paths for remedial students

A Houston community college is linking low-level remedial students to career paths, while a South Dakota technical college sets different requirements for each job training program, virtually eliminating remedial education.

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  1. Different requirements for different programs makes an enormous amount of sense. Some fields require more math than others, for example. The lady who cuts my hair said she’d never have made it out of HS if the new requirements (alg II, chem, physics in addition to the alg I, geometry and bio already required) had been in effect while she was in school, but she is outstanding at her job – she has the most customer requests of any stylist in her salon.

  2. Momof4,

    Quite correct…the issue becomes many students don’t understand (as teenagers) the lack of an education in various subjects results in a lack of choices later in life.

    Hair styling is a art and does require visual abstraction and fine motor control to produce a good to great result.

    As I’ve often said, many students would do well in math if they had a solid understanding of the basics and properties of add, subtract, multiply, divide, fractions, and percentages in elementary school.

    • No argument about your point about the basics and the doors that better basics in ES would open, but I’m against the idea that everyone should be required to take algebra II, chem and physics, let alone a full college-prep curriculum. Some flat-out don’t have the cognitive horsepower and some just aren’t interested. Better that they should study something that they can do well and which fits their interests. The US doesn’t restrict either college or tech school to those just finishing HS; we can always go back. Sometimes, experience in the work world is a real game-changer.

      For example, if my stylist wanted to open her own salon, she could take appropriate classes (finance, accounting, regulations, tax etc) at a CC. Career changers, like my DH, have been doing that for many decades. Let’s just get away from the one-size-fits-all approach.

  3. I’m in agreement with that idea. Students might be better off taking business/economics in high school, vocational/career education (with appropriate material presented so that students have an idea what it will take to succeed in a given field, etc).

    The college for all, and the debt issues students find themselves in after getting a degree (or in 65% of cases) dropping out is a hard way to learn an economics lesson, IMO.