After graduating from high school in Brooklyn with a 2.6 grade point average, Reynold Essor enrolled at SUNY Adirondack, a public two-year community college in upstate New York with “a comfortable residence hall, leafy grounds, a restaurant run by students, and even a zipline,” writes Pratt.He blames his high school education? Nice way to shuffle the blame. Come on, you had a 2.6 GPA, and you thought that made you ready for college? When you were told you needed three remedial courses, you still didn't realize that you're not ready?
Failing the placement exam landed Essor in the remedial track. “He spent two semesters taking, and then retaking, three required remedial courses,” writes Pratt. “He used financial aid, including a federal Pell Grant, to cover the costs.” He’s earned no college credit.
Essor blames his high school education. “I passed without learning,” he said.
“Students spend an estimated $7 billion annually on remedial college classes,” writes Pratt. “Yet only half of enrolled students complete remedial courses, and about one in seven completes a credential within six years.”
Young Reynold needs to accept the lion's share of the responsibility here. He didn't work hard, was allowed to cruise (that is the fault of his school, but he didn't have to cruise), and he didn't heed the warning signs. Reynold is having difficulty passing remediation courses at a community college which, as I've stated, is the correct place for remediation. He's got two choices:
- buckle down and get to work, or
- do something else for awhile and come back to college when he's ready.