Dev Ed in the News: Does Remediation Need Remediation?

dev ed in the news, Development, policy

Leticia Bustillos, a remedial education consultant, has a post over at Huffington Post about the problems with the way we talk about remedial and developmental courses. She suggests our conceptions of remedial education are too limiting, especially on a policy level:

Unfortunately, policymakers and their outdated definition of “remediation” stubbornly cling to a perception that does not fully account for the issue’s complexity. Rather than asking the question, “What does it take to successfully serve students considered underprepared?” policymakers are more inclined to ask “What does it take to make remedial education programs most efficient?” In doing so, policies emerging from this imprudent focus do not make allowances for the “development” of students as learners and impose arbitrary timelines and restrictions for the mastery of knowledge.

Read the whole thing here. 

Do you agree with Bustillos? What would be the best way to remediate our discussion of remediation? 

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