But tweaking completion formulas to recognize the challenges of bringing up to college standards students whose preparation might have been adversely affected in a lousy government school in a lousy neighborhood doesn't get to the root cause of the problem.
[Once,] the common schools understood their mission to include preparing informed citizens and inculcating the habits of the upper middle class. Yes, that America was more sanguine about young people who didn't develop those habits opting out. On the other hand, forty years of enabling fecklessness and calling it inclusion puts us in a position where a respected public policy shop is calling for federal money to make community colleges more effective at doing what the high schools used to do as a matter of course. Perhaps the liquidity constraint that is going to bite on the government will encourage policymakers to look at restoring the older order, for lack of resources.The liquidity constraint continues to bite. Fix the common culture.