Two Fresno Bee stories – appearing 3 days apart – regarding California regulatory concerns should be alarming to all Californians.
California State Universities will no longer require remedial classes for incoming students found to be unprepared for college level English and math,. some 39 percent of today’s incoming freshman class. The testing process to determine this English/math deficiency also is to be eliminated.
Apparently under the guise of saving money, not taking classes which don’t apply toward graduation, and prolonging the graduation process, the state is hoping to turn out graduates not totally prepared for the professionalism of today’s “real world.”
The State Bar of California is also proposing to lower the minimum passing score for all new prospective licensed attorneys. California, with one of the highest jurisprudence standards in the United States, is seeking to improve upon a nationwide decline of 20 percent passage rates being experienced today.
Again, the state is attempting to graduate unprepared professionals. And in this case, it could mean the difference between life or death.
I guess that in the future, all Californians will have to ask for grades and respective test scores prior to hiring appropriate professionals to get the job done for us.
Bill Dunn, Fresno