College chancellor: Requiring students to take algebra is a ‘civil rights issue’

College chancellor: Requiring students to take algebra is a ‘civil rights issue’, by Jon Street.

A community college chancellor in California is proposing to get rid of the requirement that all students take intermediate algebra in an effort to boost the graduation rate at his institution.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of California Community Colleges System, made the suggestion during a recent interview with National Public Radio, calling the requirement a “civil rights issue.” Specifically, Oakley said he wants to get rid of the requirement for any community college student who isn’t a STEM major, or focusing their studies in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. …

“If you think about all the underemployed or unemployed Americans in this country who cannot connect to a job in this economy, which is unforgiving of those students who don’t have a credential, the biggest barrier for them is this algebra requirement. It’s what has kept them from achieving a credential.” …

Currently, the graduation rate at California Community Colleges is just 48 percent.

So just give them all A’s and participation trophies. Do we have standards left for anything? Obviously equality of outcome means that discrimination on the grounds of ability will be forbidden. Employers increasingly can no longer trust school results to give some indication of ability.

We all know this leads to an idiocracy (plot summary: a guy with an IQ of 100 accidentally finds himself waking up 500 years in the future):

hat-tip Charles