My nephew just finished Spring classes at Star-Base 351. He is studying hamster neural-nets and was in hopes of saving some money by taking the remainder of his courses at one of the community colleges, as opposed to shelling out a lump sum at the stated funded university that likes to project the image of a private school.
No classes were available.
The CC's aren't closed for the summer. They are just, well, um, preoccupied. Preoccupied with re-mediating people. So many resources are spent on re-mediating people that nothing is left for other things, like hamster neural-nets.
I seem to remember that, at least in the area where I grew up, CC's weren't primarily preoccupied with re-mediating people. There were remedial courses, but most of the resources were spent on more college-level courses. Flashback to the year 1998, the year I graduated high-school. Good ol' 1998, how I miss thee!
Back in '98, if people didn't learn how to add fractions in high-school (or more appropriately 4th grade), one either
1) Took night classes at the adult school.
2) Hired a tutor.
3) Paid attention, after making a commitment to attend college after graduation.
4) Stopped hittin' the pipe.
Note: Parenting also helped.
As for people who blew off #1-4, well they learned that there were consequences for being foolish. They went on to college and had to learn the hard way that there was a drastic difference between high-school math and remedial math at the CC. Upon finding that out, one would go ahead and employ #1-4 simply because the stakes were too high. There was still some rigor involved and, gasp, teachers were actually allowed to write tests that required some critical thinking. There still was remediation at the CC's but not like what it has devolved into today.
I understand that there are other factors. For instance, the government at Star-Base 351 ran out of funding last year. That translates into fewer classes.
Upon having a chit-chat with a friend, her response was, "My God EMH, if the CC's aren't here to re-mediate people then what are they here for."
My response: "If you can't add fractions by the time you graduate high-school then maybe you have no business being in college. Take the problem back to the high-school that supposedly caused it and/or take night classes."
Dealt a bad hand? Take it up with the dealer.
But don't make it the problem of the CC's. Don't come to me with the intent to take me down just because YOU hate math!
High schools are not doing their jobs. It's time to MAKE them do their jobs, before America gets driven deeper into the mud.
Here's a line I constantly hear: "I went to a Catholic school. Nuns were mean to me! Nuns were mean to me! That's why math is hard."
Or: "I tried taking this class at the Uni. It was hella hard! I kept getting distracted by the proffies hair!"
Ugh, I can still hear them...
My nephew summed it up quite well with his post on the Book of Faces: "Well there goes another $3600."
There, now that I am finished ranting, perhaps a good three months is what I will need in order to be back to my refreshed self in the Fall. I'm actually much nicer in person!