Forget It America, We’re Done


by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:

This is disgusting.

“Marqell McClendon has struggled in the low-level math class she’s taking during her first semester at Michigan State University,” the news outlet Chalkbeat reported Nov. 15. McClendon, the valedictorian of her graduating class at Detroit’s Cody High School, was used to getting all A’s, but found herself asking strangers to help her with her college coursework, it said.

She can’t manage algebra.

Look, I know plenty of people who can’t and do just fine in the world.  But they’re not college material.  Nobody who gets out of high school and cannot manage algebra and geometry should go to college; their place lies elsewhere, whether it be pulling electrical wire, installing plumbing, fixing cars or something else.  There are plenty of things such a person can do that do not involve having either the cognitive capacity or desire for math at such a level, but college study isn’t on their path as if they attempt it and there is any sort of honest grading and evaluation they will fail.


And if that’s what qualifies as a valedictorian in High School then that “school” is flat-out worthless.

McClendon, who could not be reached for comment, said she is majoring in biomedical laboratory science, which requires her to pass classes such as calculus, organic chemistry and advanced clinical chemistry. It will take her five years to complete the four-year program.

She’s going to fail and MSU ought to have its provost and entire admissions department taken out in irons and imprisoned for life for running this bull****.

Or even worse they’ll pass her despite being blatantly incompetent and give her a degree and then she’s going to kill someone.  If that happens, and it might, then everyone at MSU involved needs to hang.

Look folks for that course of study to get to organic chemistry you first have to take inorganic.  You cannot possibly pass college-level chemistry without being able to do algebraic equations.  It cannot be done because chemistry is all about the chemical bonds between atoms and their ratios in such (e.g. how many moles of X and Y) are a function of algebra.

If MSU is willing to play this charade then there are only two possible outcomes:

1. The institution is criminally corrupt in that they are taking money from a young adult who doesn’t  know better and cannot possibly pass their course of study on the merits.  Taking money from someone for a thing you know cannot be delivered is fraud.  Fraud is a crime, end of discussion, full-stop.

2. The institution is criminally corrupt in that they are issuing credentials unbacked by the facts of achievement.  In other words they’re passing people in their classes who didn’t actually demonstrate mastery of the course material.  In any sort of endeavor where mastery actually matters, such as an engineering discipline or where human health is at issue issuing a credential based on false assertions of competence is likely to get people injured or killed.  This is no different than simply demanding $100,000 for a piece of paper void of actual demonstration of capacity to do the work denoted by same.  In this case all of the alleged “credentials” issued by said “institution” are of exactly zero value because it is not possible for me as a hiring manager to rely on same, and thus there’s no reason for me to give a wet crap whether you have a sheepskin or not.

That we’ve gotten to this point — where a valedictorian cannot manage algebra — is flat-out insane.  There is nothing left of this nation when it comes to functional capacity and expectations being met for credentials granted.  Our labor base is bereft of ability, and our so-called “schools” are not; they are nothing more than cages for humans so that the “parents” involved do not have to provide any sort of supervision, advice and child-rearing on their own.

While it would be nice to blame the teacher’s unions for this, and they certainly have some culpability, the real problem is us.  25 years ago I saw this crap going on with alleged “college students” and “high school grads” when I was hiring for MCSNet; people who came through the door looking for jobs, claimed to be enrolled in a four year degree program, including at UofC in more than one case, yet couldn’t manage to make change for a $20 in their head and couldn’t manage to form a coherent, basic business letter on a piece of paper.

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