Many College Students Stuck At 9th Grade Math Level, Professors Blame Pandemic | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Mairead Elordi.

    College students are struggling with basic math, and their professors say remote learning during the pandemic is to blame.

    At George Mason University, Temple University, and other colleges across the country, students are arriving unprepared and have to go back and learn the basics.

    Many college students are still at a ninth-grade level in math. A freshman student entering college this fall would likely have started ninth grade in 2019, just before COVID forced schools to pivot to remote learning.

    Some colleges have even found that engineering and biology majors are struggling with basic concepts like fractions and exponents.

    At George Mason University in Virginia, an alarming number of students have been arriving on campus with gaps in their math skills, the Associated Press reported.

    About 100 students decided to spend a week of summer break at George Mason for Math Boot Camp, brushing up on their math skills. The school started the camp to help students who were struggling after the pandemic.

    Fewer George Mason students were placing into calculus, and more were failing.

    "This is a huge issue," Maria Emelianenko, chair of George Mason's math department, told the Associated Press. "We're talking about college-level pre-calculus and calculus classes, and students cannot even add one-half and one-third."

    One of the Math Boot Camp students, Diego Fonseca, 19, said he only studied algebra during remote learning.


    "I didn't have a hands-on, in-person class, and the information wasn't really there," Fonseca said. "I really struggled when it came to higher-level algebra because I just didn't know anything."

    Before the pandemic, Fonseca had excelled in honors physics and computer science.

    Temple University has a math problem as well.

    Before COVID, about 800 Temple students a semester were placed in the school's intermediate algebra class, essentially ninth grade math, which is the lowest option for STEM majors. By 2021, close to 1,400 students were being placed there.

    On a quiz in the intermediate algebra class last year, students were asked to subtract eight from negative six. No two papers had the same answer, and none of the answers were correct, said Jessica Babcock, the Temple University math professor who teaches the class.

    "I graded a whole bunch of papers in a row. No two papers had the same answer, and none of them were correct," Babcock said. "It was a striking moment of, like, wow - this is significant and deep."

    Temple's math chair Brian Rider said, "It's not just that they're unprepared, they're almost damaged."

    "I hate to use that term, but they're so behind."

    Iowa State University, which has a prestigious engineering program, saw falling grades and more students ending up in lower math classes in 2020.


    Meanwhile, students in grade school have seen their reading and math proficiency plummet and are still struggling. In some cases, they may actually be doing worse than before COVID.

    Last month, a study showed that fourth through eighth-grade students made even slower progress in reading and math last year than before the pandemic, dashing hopes that kids would learn faster to make up for learning loss during COVID.

Considering the irrefutable fact that the Left /the Democratic Socialists, beginning in March of 2020, employed the repetitive use of the Covid Pandemic as a political cudgel to wrest a presidential election, where their candidate rarely left his basement, from a frightened and beaten down citizenry of this Representative Republic: What does your knowledge NOW, in hindsight, aid in your understanding of the motives of the Authoritarian Left?
  The "Left" cares about all Democratics, so it was imperative that we do whatever it took to elect a lifelong politician to become that Democratic Socialist to forever change US.
  Pandemics are serious business, where our leaders must use wisdom and practicable efforts of all that serve to protect the public from not only the pandemic, but these ignoble usurpers of the Left.
  I lost almost everything in the Covid Pandemic, and I want justice; a justice where only the truth prevails, and the rampant fraud that is now legend is remedied.
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JLM said:
( September 26th, 2023 @ 12:45 am )
Washington state simply advanced all students who were passing at the point they closed the schools, graduating the seniors. If I were an employer, I would not have accepted any HS diploma from a Washington school, without administration and satisfactory completion of a math and English competency test. I no longer feel that a HS diploma should be accepted by colleges or employers as anything other than acknowledgement that the individual attended school for 12 years.

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