One of my readers recently posted a link to a discussion on a change of policy at Cal State, according to which incoming students no longer have to sit placement exams for Mathematics and English. The aim is to reduce hurdles for students so that they can graduate sooner. Yes, you read that correctly: if any resemblance of standards keeps those IQ90 morons typical US universities seem to be full of from graduating, then better do away with them.
The debate happened at Hacker News, a discussion site for, mainly, web developers, which are the bottom tier of the tech sector. Due to the strong focus on the Bay Area, it is no surprise that that place is a festering SJW cesspool. Here is what one of those cucks had to say:
Graduation requirements have not changed. Students still have to pass the same amount of classes. What this will do is allow students to have a shot at taking actual credit courses rather than being forced into noncredit remedial classes they may not actually need. Remedial courses put an undue financial and time burden on students who would be better served with a bit of motivation and support to get through actual 101 level courses.
Sorry, leftist libtard, but you clearly should have spent more effort educating yourself! Before that change those students only had to pass placement exams, and if they didn’t then they most certainly should take remedial classes. Quite frankly, if they don’t pass those exams, they shouldn’t even be allowed into university, but that’s a different issue.
It’s funny how the left thinks that “a bit of motivation and support” is all it needs to get Jose and Airwrecka (look it up!) through college. We’re talking about people who should have been kicked out of high school. By the time they enter university, they are looking back at a lifetime of abysmal academic performance, yet “a bit of motivation” is supposed to help them. I don’t know how bad things are at Cal State (probably really bad), but what you see at decent European universities in the first semester doesn’t instill you with much hope either. I recall a student, incidentally a muzzy, who believed that parentheses were purely decorative. He just dropped them, and of course basic algebra wasn’t really to his liking either, so parentheses were the least of his problems. The SJWs in the admissions office must have been high when they decided to let him in.
Those individual tragedies are bad enough. However, we enter the realm of the absurd when we consider the utter perversion of higher education that has been going on for at least half a century. There was a time when you had to be rich or smart to get into university. For the rich, they were finishing schools. Some of the rich were pretty smart, so that was fine. The predecessors of today’s leftist then observed that people with a university degree get all the cushy jobs and rise to positions of power, so, in their utter imbecility, they concluded that if we only admitted Aisha and Kareem to university, they’d get cushy jobs too, as if the number of those jobs depends on the number of graduates. I can’t even fathom such stupidity. Besides, plenty of jobs with fancy-sounding titles are very stressful and demanding; someone with a low IQ could of course not even do them.
Unsurprisingly, leftist social engineering once again didn’t work out. Instead, we now have countless useless degree programs, shitty universities with low standards, and graduates who wonder why they can’t get a job even though they went to “collage”. The fundamental issue is that we are dealing with limited bandwidth. The number of jobs that require (genuine) university education is rather limited. In order to mask this, there is now a myriad of shitty universities that don’t teach their students anything. Nominally, they also end up with a degree, but one that is simply worthless. The end result is that graduates lament that they are underemployed, when the problem is that the jobs they thought they could get were all taken by people who got a real education. There are more graduates than ever, with the result that the barista at Starbucks with the nice perky tits has a degree in English Literature from Cal State even though she barely has a grasp on English grammar.
On an even more cynical note, one could make a very good argument that tertiary education was expanded to mask long-term unemployment. Politicians often don’t think past the next election, so what do you do if you hold power in a recession, say in the 1970s, and there are suddenly a lot of young people who don’t have work? How about you park them at university! That is precisely what happened in the Western world. In the UK, they opened up a few dozen shitty universities to park people for a few years. However, in Germany they took it to 11. It was not at all uncommon that people would take 8 or more years to get their first degree, which was roughly equivalent to a Master’s. In comparison, in the UK you can earn a Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD in a total of 7 or 8 years.
One really wonders what would happen if every country closed down the bottom 40% of universities. There is good reason to assume that their graduates don’t benefit much from the experience at all. Instead, people waste their time and money. Well, technically they waste taxpayer money, but financial literacy isn’t anything they would possess anyway. If you think there is significant research being product at mediocre universities, you need to get your head checked. They don’t produce valuable research, and their graduates don’t need their degrees either. Without wasting four years at university, people could work towards their life goals right away. Airwrecka could directly go on welfare, Suzie could start working at Starbucks right away, and if Matt wants to have the “college experience”, then a return ticket to Cancun should do the trick just fine.