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Old 12-13-2010, 07:13 AM
Location: Tennessee
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"According to the report, public four-year colleges graduated 48 percent of students who enrolled in 2002 in Tennessee. Two-year colleges fared much worse: 11 percent. That's compared with the national averages of 55 percent and 20 percent, respectively...Just 22 percent of adults older than 25 have a bachelor's degree, 5 percentage points lower than the national average."

Report: Tennessee's college graduation rates lagging » Knoxville News Sentinel

The article goes on to say that while they boosted the number of high school graduates starting college, many have to take remedial classes once they get there.

Remedial classes has always been a national bugaboo with me. I think they should send them back to high school and make the high schools deal with grade inflation and graduating kids when they haven't actually learned what they need to know in High School. It's not just "borderline" high school graduates, that need these remedial classes in college. It's A and B students, too. I'm wondering why parents are willing to pay for them to learn in college what they should have learned in K-12.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:03 PM
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I can't agree more, LauraC.

Oprah had a girl on a couple of years ago from some rural county in northeast TN. The girl was valedictorian of her class and couldn't do basic college classwork. There are an incredible amount of counties in this state that have high unemployment, high numbers of disabled or on some sort of assistance, with terrible schools. That's why I tell people to stick to the larger metro areas.
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