More contradictions

UNC system schools statewide are reporting less and less freshman students needing remediation upon entering, according to a lengthy Sunday story in the News & Record.

N&R excerpt: Statewide, 5.1 percent of freshmen who enrolled in UNC universities in 2005 directly out of high school needed to take at least one remedial course, according to the system, down from a high of 14 percent in 1998.

Guilford County freshmen fared equally well in 2005, the latest year for which data are available.

Another UNC system study found the number of students taking remedial courses declined 48 percent from 1985-86 through 2003-04, while the number of students enrolling increased 40 percent.

But here’s an interesting quote/excerpt: Increasing the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses, halving the dropout rate and creating middle colleges for those who fare poorly in traditional high schools have helped better prepare students for college, Grier said.

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. “Do we still have students who leave here who go to college needing remedial help?” Grier said. “Yes. And your critics will point fingers and say, ‘See I told you, they aren’t doing a good job.’ Well, how I respond to that is we’re doing a much better job. We’re encouraging students who want to go to college to give it a try. And that often requires some remediation. And what I do is smile and say, so what? If that’s what it takes, why not remediate them?”


Since when is he worried about “critics”? Is he saying the taxpayers…you know, the ones that pay his salary, are not supposed to criticize or form opinions about the job he is doing or the job our public schools are doing?

Is it any wonder why our schools are in shambles?

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I’ve run this cartoon a couple of times here on this blog. I’m running it again because the referenced N&R story is contradictory to a March 27 post I wrote in regards to a book review where statistics on college freshman remediation say otherwise.

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Another great edition to the “E.C. Huey bookclub” is “Battling the Hamster Wheel” by Grace Sammon, in which 40 percent of students entering college NEED remediation.

Fair & balanced reporting, my friends, fair and balanced.

E.C. 🙂


One Response

  1. You know what, you need your own talkshow! If the school board gig doesn’t pan out, please get your own show. I can see it now, you invite Grier as your first guest and grill his pants off…no forget that, the visual I’m getting is just sickening–well, just grill him to death then.

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