So last time I was looking
at a third community college, in Los Angeles, to see if maybe the fraud
I’d seen at community colleges in New York and Louisiana was in California
as well.
Instead of seeing
things were as bad as in the first two states, I see it’s worse.
At LACC,
they’re selling high school material as 2^{nd}
year college work. This is nuts. Any accreditor that bothered
to even look at the course offerings could see this. Oh right,
accreditation
is bogus and has nothing to do with education.
Let’s continue to
review the course offerings:
**Statistics**
(227). It’s hard to tell from the description if this is really
college material. I strongly suspect, however, that this is a very
weak course—students in this course don’t need to have passed
high school algebra to take this course. A reasonable person would
wonder how this college math course doesn’t require high school
math. Since everything in this course I learned in high school after
I took high school algebra (and I didn’t take any AP math courses),
I’m going to not call this college, but opinions can vary on this
one course. 16 sections.
**Mathematics for the
Liberal Arts Students** (230). The title alone
tells you what kind of course this is, and the course description
lets anyone know that it’s a very simple course well below high
school. 2 sections.
**Calculus for the
Business and Social Sciences** (236). It’s
funny, this used to be the freshman math class for incoming, very
weak, college students, and now it’s a 200 level (i.e., second
year) course. Very curious, and many students that took calculus in
high school have told me this course is much weaker than high school.
What used to be a first year math course is now a second year course.
Just 1 section, but I’ll call it college material.
**Trigonometry**
(240). This is 11^{th}
grade material for many students; some will take it in 10^{th}
grade or senior year. 3 sections. I encourage any who doubt me to
pick a university campus that even offers pure trigonometry as a
college course, and see with your own eyes it’s not a second year
course, and neither is the next course, the one I’ve been looking
for:
**College Algebra**
(245). At last, we come to college algebra, or as math faculty know
it, “The algebra you should have learned in high school.” Every
topic listed in the course description, I learned in high school. The
course is actually missing a few topics common to other “College
Algebra” courses I’ve seen elsewhere, but those seem to be
covered in the many, many, non college sections I’ve covered
earlier. 3 sections.
I really need to
emphasize this. This is the algebra I took in high school. This is
the remedial algebra I taught at a university in the 80s. This is the
first year college course I taught at university in the 90s and 21^{st}
century.
And now it’s a second
year course. It’s official: *community
college is high school now*; a person
graduating with a 2 year degree from LACC will probably take this
course as capstone material, and be at the level of many high school
students I’ve known. Note: high school students, not high school
graduates, as the algebra in this course is generally learned at the
10^{th} or 11^{th}
grade.
When a student from
LACC goes to university with his 2 year degree, the university is
going to laugh at the student thinking he’ll only need 2 more years
for a 4 year degree. “You fool,” will say the university, “you’ve
just spent the last two years in high school, paying dearly for the
privilege, and now you are at best as good as the high school
graduates who just came here in the first place.”
And community college
administrators lure suckers in by saying they’re “cheaper than
university.” It’s not cheaper if everything you did at the
community college goes right in the trash.
I want to point out:
mathematicians have been notorious for trying to keep standards in
higher education, and despite their struggle, “algebra” has now
turned into a second year course at LACC. Mostly they’ve lost
because Educationists have been taking over the math classes, for
what it’s worth.
I’m just looking at
math here, but does the gentle reader honestly believe Gender Studies
courses are filled with 2^{nd}
year material? I’ll be looking at such a course soon, though Gender
Studies is hardly the only fake course on campus. Thorough studies
have shown many
college courses are content free and have no requirements. You
just pay your tuition and get your A…and that’s at accredited
schools.
No wonder so
many waiters and parking lot attendants have worthless college
degrees. They were suckered into thinking high school was “higher
education.”
Rather than provide
higher education, our institutions of higher education have
“redefined” higher education ever downward. It isn’t simply
that college today is equivalent to the high schools of thirty years
ago…it’s that in many cases, college today is equivalent to high
school of today.
How can anyone look at
this and not see fraud?
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