Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau for July 06, 2020

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    BE THIS GUY Premium Member about 1 year ago

    How about preparatory courses? The students can come to class wearing LL Bean and feel good about themselves.

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    Johnny Q Premium Member about 1 year ago

    Do they still call it “Bonehead English”?

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    eromlig  about 1 year ago

    Just try ordering a “small” latté at Starbuck’s…

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    tulpoeid_  about 1 year ago

    Why is the word course in bold?

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    Plumbob Wilson  about 1 year ago

    This is real. A disturbing number of high school graduates can’t do basic Arithmetic or comprehend a paragraph at a 6th-grade reading level. About half need remedial courses in English, Math or both. At some 2-year colleges this figure is around 80%. It is a failure of the public school system, and a society that places more value on self-esteem than performance. The T-ball mentality goes right up through 12th grade; students aren’t prepared for a reality where there are few winners and many losers.

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    Troglodyte  about 1 year ago

    The beginnings of the nanny state and the nanny school?

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    DaBoogadie Premium Member about 1 year ago

    Re~Fund Education.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member about 1 year ago

    I took a calculus course and the prof spent half of it teaching basic math. The only time I felt really smart in a math class as I knew all the basic stuff.

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    NRHAWK Premium Member about 1 year ago

    It’s bad enough that Regents colleges across the country had to have undergraduate text books dumbed down to the 10th grade reading level several years ago, but then still found they needed remedial reading classes and had to provide free tutors in order to help students get to graduation. Instead of working to raise the bar in K-12 people like DeVos prefer to concentrate efforts to finance private schools which are for-profit and shouldn’t need it and religious schools that are intended to be separate from state funding as intended by our founding fathers. We have really got to fix this in November 2020.

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    annqueue  about 1 year ago

    English 010?

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    Gen.Flashman  about 1 year ago

    This is Walden, why would they need remedial classes if everyone gets straight As?

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    Wizard of Ahz-no relation  about 1 year ago

    when i was in college there was ‘bible 101’ in the religion dept. there were two sections ,each taught by a different professor. 1 section had 100+ kids every time and was called ‘football player 101.’

    the other had maybe 20 kids, and looked at genisis as not religious text so much but an historical document and the professor put it into context of the ancient world-

    The reason I had a double major that included religion, not something I’d planned at all.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member about 1 year ago

    People do that, and soon enough “101” will mean the same as remedial. However, if it guides humans to be wiser and smarter(not necessarily the same) then I am all for it. I’m sure the profit margins of the school will not be affected.

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    PoodleGroomer  about 1 year ago

    101 is a college freshman level course that we were taught in 10th grade high school. Several colleges teach remedial courses with an 80 in front of them.

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    tddrmchl  about 1 year ago

    This would be funny if it weren’t so true.

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    TexTech  about 1 year ago

    The Republican plan is to dumb down education as much as possible. The big goal is to end critical thinking because when critical thinking takes place, Republicans lose.

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    awcoffman  about 1 year ago

    When I entered college, I had to take a reading comprehension test. I read the material very carefully. Even reread some parts to make sure I got it right. I ended up being sent to a remedial reading class for reading too slowly.

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    salunga  about 1 year ago

    In my teaching experience, the public school system covers some topics so much better than it did in the ’50’s and ’60’s, mainly science, math, social studies, and some life skills. things that require memorization (such as the multiplication tables) or are seen as expendable (cursive writing) are dropped. But one are that has been dropped for decades, to great detriment IMHO, is English grammar. Even most 40-year-olds do not have a grounding in grammar, and veneration by generation, the ability to write clearly and effectively is slipping away.

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    willie_mctell  about 1 year ago

    How about 1A and 2A? 1000 and 2000?

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    comixbomix  about 1 year ago

    Didn’t we already go through this with the ‘Grade Lawsuit’ thread???

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    davids.comments  about 1 year ago

    At freshman orientation in 1980 we took assessment tests for English composition and for math. Everyone was required to pass through certain gates in competency for writing before we could graduate and the test started us at the right level. The math tests established prerequisites before you could take certain math courses. If you rocked calculus in high school you could jump to calc 2 or differential equations. I was relegated to pre-calculus, which honestly helped me succeed later with calculus.

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    BeniHanna6 Premium Member about 1 year ago

    Love it, but sadly today, 26 years later, the little darlings are so sensitive you would not dare write this cartoon. Thank God college age darlings don’t read comics very often.

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    Scoutmaster77  about 1 year ago

    Maybe they could put up a couple f statues and call it history 101. :-)

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    alexius23  about 1 year ago

    Sad to say this conversation has been in many different Universities over the years

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    ferddo  about 1 year ago

    LOL, my college decided to lower admissions standards in order to gain paying students… but then had to add remedial courses. They used low numbers – as low as “Math 0” which was 8th grade story problems. Students who horribly flunked their math admission test got assigned to it, and did not get credits for it but were required to pass it to remain in school… they even gave those students three tries to pass it…

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    For a Just and Peaceful World  about 1 year ago

    OFF-TOPIC: From CNN.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo begs Trump: Just wear the mask

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    Andylit Premium Member about 1 year ago

    This strip is 25 years old. The problem is even worse today than it was then.

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    GreggW Premium Member about 1 year ago

    The kids are not all right.

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    brick10  about 1 year ago

    English 099, not college level.

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