By definition, the term “valedictorian” is typically associated with a high standard of academic achievement by a gifted student within a school setting, who upon graduation delivers the “valedictory” commencement speech.
Moreover, because of that acclaimed status as “valedictorian” that individual is presumed to continue their education, choosing almost at will, the college or university of their choice.
However because of the new mantra of “diversity” being perpetuated by academia, especially within urban cities like Detroit, the term “valedictorian” has become a misnomer for many students of color, which was painfully inflicted on Marqell McClendon, after realizing she wasn’t ready for college, despite her esteemed title.
This incident mimics hundreds of others across the country, where the politics of “diversity” now dominates academia in favor of removing SAT tests as criteria for admittance into an accredited university.
McClendon, a former high school student at a Detroit high school was accepted at Michigan State University, where 1 out of 8 students are currently enrolled in remedial math classes.
According to a November 15th news report by Chalkbeat, “Marqell McClendon has struggled in the low-level math class she’s taking during her first semester at Michigan State University.”
Chalkbeat continued, “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.”
MSU has pushed for admitting more racial minorities in the name of diversity. Its “incoming freshman class is predicted to be the largest and most diverse in the school’s history, with more than 8,400 anticipated students,” the school stated in May 2018, noting that black enrollment was up 24%.
On the flip side of that skewed enrollment report, nearly 50% of the students within Detroit’s main school district must take remedial courses when they enter college.
Somehow those academics within MSU would prefer dummying down college requirements, in favor of a misguided quota system by removing traditional college requirements. Meanwhile, Wayne State University in Detroit has also dropped all its general-education math requirements.
Educators like Bob Murphy, the director of university relations and policy for the Michigan Association of State Universities, told Inside Higher Ed that not requiring math will ideally “lead to more successful graduation outcomes.”
Which is actually all educators like Murphy are interested in, filling up college campuses with minority students, denied the opportunity to achieve academic excellence, by a pervasive progressive culture that suggests they’re inferior to those students, who came before them.
Critics like Elizabeth Schultz, a Republican school board member in Fairfax County, Virginia, said these efforts are aimed at helping administrators boast of on-paper improvements — not at setting kids up for success.
Meanwhile Marqell McClendon has struggled in the low-level math class she’s taking during her first semester at Michigan State University.
“Sometimes when I’m in class and I’m learning, some things start to feel familiar from high school and I’m kind of like, ‘I learned this already but I don’t really understand it.’ And I don’t know why I don’t understand it because it looks familiar.”
Adding, “I just have to work hard for it.”
Thomas Ostwald, a former UC Santa Barbara official, wrote to the LA Times that “Not mentioned in the discussion of the unfairness of the SAT or ACT to students of color or poverty is the UC policy called Eligibility in Local Context. Students can gain eligibility to the UC system if they have a GPA in the top 9% of their high school class on the required courses for UC and California State University admission. They must take the SAT or ACT, but their scores cannot disqualify them.”