im gonna post this on my blog but, i figure that a lot of people who made me think about this don’t check my blog, therefore, i’m posting this here first.
as most high school seniors across the state are finding out, uc and cal state decisions are being announced. choices are being made as to which dorm people will live in and such. but, as i’ve seen a lot of people find out, getting to the point where you make that choice is a challenge in itself.
since the first day of school freshman year, we’re all put on paths. which maths do you take? how many years of a foreign language? which ap’s? you’re even given a chart showing you what classes you’d end up in. some people take summer school to fit in the extra classes. others, take a class at a community college to get ahead. regardless of what path you were on, you were given a bright neon green paper. this paper told you all the classes required to take to get into a UC or CSU.
seems all simple right? you take the classes you’re supposed to, pass them, and then you’ll end up at a UC or CSU for college. public school’s all the way. there’s nothing wrong with public school. it’s a free education. education should be free right? you shouldn’t have to pay to learn. especially when what you’re learning is what the state says you should learn.
now here’s my question, how is that someone who goes to public school their whole life, passes every single class, never gets a d or f, gets denied to a state school for college? it doesn’t make any sense to me. i’ll admit, i haven’t really been affected by this whole admissions process. i have been yelled at several times about my athletics but that’s an argument for a different time. back to my question. how is that even possible? i’ve seen countless kids who i thought were the ideal student for schools get denied. kids that do nothing but study and work hard. they take ap and honors classes. they do community service. yet, they can’t even get into a state school? what is wrong with these colleges? shouldn’t a public school graduate be able to continue their education at a public university? i’m not talking about a stanford or harvard. i’m talking about san diego state university, university of california at santa cruz, cal poly, etc. if you did get into your top choice, congratulations. but for everyone else, i’m with you on this one. you dreamed of cal or ucla and now are looking at uc riverside. it’s not a bad school. but, why can’t you go to ucla? shouldn’t a public education be equal?
where did this all go wrong? they say it’s because of how many applicants to uc’s and csu’s there are. well, it shouldn’t surprise them. they should’ve seen it coming. of course kids will apply to the state schools. they go to state high schools! it makes sense to them to go to a state college! did they suddenly expect us to all decide not to go to college? or maybe we’d all just go out of state?
listen up califonia education system. you’re fucked up. you don’t make sense. if you can’t even keep the system honest or logical, why keep the system? we’ve been fed the crap of being great students. we’ve taken the standardized tests to make sure we’re learning what we’re supposed to. we’ve gone through accreditation to prove we go to a real high school. we took your exit exam (not much of a challenge, but we took it). we take the core classes, required by the state. we pack the classrooms and attend the classes. we pass the classes, we graduate. we earn the diploma saying we did what we needed to graduate from the system. yet, one day, we’re suddenly not good enough for it. you know what? maybe the system isn’t good enough for us.