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‘What Do They Teach Them at These Schools’
September 19, 2006, 6:36 pm
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A story earler this year in The Oklahoman told us that “44,608 students enrolled in remedial courses at state colleges and universities during the 2004-05 school year. That’s about 39 percent of first-time freshmen.”

It is unbelievable how easy some of these classes are. For example, at Tulsa Community College there is a course called “ENG 0601 – Basic Grammar.” The class is “[d]esigned to teach fundamental principles of grammar: parts of speech, clauses and phrases, sentence patterns, subject-verb agreement, and major sentence errors.” My sister is learning these things. She’s eight.

Another course at TCC, “ENG 0631 – Spelling and Phonics,” is for “the student who needs to master basic spelling literacy and principles of phonics. Mastery of commonly misspelled words and decoding skills is included.” Imagine an 18-year-old saying, “I’m hooked on phonics!”

At Northeastern State University, in “MATH 0123 – Elementary Algebra,” a student can learn about “signed numbers, exponents, order of operations, factoring, algebraic fractions, linear equations and inequalities, word problems and percents.” I remember this from sixth grade.

It seems like students who have graduated from high school should know these things. As the professor in Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe said, “What do they teach them at these schools?”

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